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For Florida Governor, the Times recommends ...

In the upcoming primary, voters will choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor. On the Republican side, there's a familiar conservative vs. a Trump favorite. For Democrats, several candidates promise a new direction in state government.

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board evaluated and interviewed the major candidates, assessing their qualification for the job and stance on major issues facing Florida.

Here are our recommendations:

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has a deep understanding of Florida, a firm grasp of state issues and a vision for the future that U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis cannot match. His conservative credentials are well-established, and he would have the broader appeal in the general election. In the Republican primary for governor of Florida, the Times recommends Adam Putnam.

Gwen Graham is a Tallahassee lawyer, former member of Congress and the daughter of former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. Her life experience as a member of a prominent political family, an active mother of three and a labor lawyer for the local school district would bring a refreshing perspective to the Governor's Mansion. In the Democratic primary for governor of Florida, the Times recommends Gwen Graham.