Miami-Dade County

Knowing where the candidates stand on the power of parents to choose the best educational setting for their child is extremely important to many Florida families. If you are a parent or family member of a child on a Step Up for Students, McKay, or Gardiner Scholarship program; you could be voting against the future of your child's scholarship because some candidates, shockingly, would like to see the programs come to a conclusion. If you are the parent of a child in a charter school, some of these candidates will fight to close or defund your school. Others will be champions for the educational program you, and your child, have chosen. It is crucial that we at least make informed decisions in such a pivotal election.

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Florida Senate

Florida Senate District 36

Manny Diaz Jr. (R) #37

Education Champion for ALL Students
check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

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David Perez (D) #38

check Opposes Public Charter Schools
check Endorsed by the group who sued to end the Step Up Scholarship Program and opposes charter schools

Florida Senate District 40

Senator Annette Taddeo (D)

check Voted Against Step Up Scholarships Legislation
check Voted Against Public Charter Schools Legislation
check Accepted over $40,000 in campaign contributions from groups who sued to end the Step Up Scholarship Program and oppose charter schools

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Marili Cancio (R)

check Believes Parents Should Have Choices Including Public Charter Schools (Miami Herald)
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Florida House of Representatives

Florida House of Representatives district 103

Frank Mingo (R) #42

check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Cindy Polo (D) #43

check Endorsed by the group who sued to end the Step Up Scholarship Program and opposes charter schools

Florida House of Representatives district 105

Ana Maria Rodriguez (R)

Champion for ALL Students
check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Javier Estevez (D)

No Data Available

Florida House of Representatives district 108

Dotie Joseph (D)

Not Data Available

Riquet Caballero (L)

No Data Available

Florida House of Representatives district 111

Representative Bryan Avila (R)

Champion for ALL students
check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

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Rizwan Ahmed (D)

No Data Available

Florida House of Representatives district 112

Rosa Maria Palomino (R)

Champion for ALL students
check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

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Nick Duran (D)

check Voted Against Step Up Scholarship
check Voted Against Public Charter Schools
check Endorsed by the group who sued to end the Step Up Scholarship Program and opposes charter schools

Florida House of Representatives district 113

Jonathan Parker (R)

check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Michael Grieco (D)

No Data Available

Florida House of Representatives district 114

Javier Enriquez (R)

check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Rep. Javier Fernandez (D)

check Voted Against Step Up Scholarship
check Voted Against Public Charter Schools
check Endorsed by the group who sued to end the Step Up Scholarship Program and opposes charter schools

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Florida House of Representatives district 115

Vance Aloupis (R)

Education Champion for ALL Students
check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

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Jeffrey Solomon (D)

No Data Available

Florida House of Representatives district 116

Rep. Daniel Anthony Perez (R)

check Voted for Step Up Scholarships
check Voted for Public Charter Schools
check Voted to Support Traditional Public Schools

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James Harden (D)

No Data Available

Florida House of Representatives district 118

Rep. Robert Ascencio (D)

check Voted Against Step Up Scholarship
check Voted Against Public Charter Schools
check Endorsed by the group who sued to end the Step Up Scholarship Program and opposes charter schools

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Anthony Rodriguez (R)

check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Florida House of Representatives district 119

Juan Fernandez-Barquin (R)

check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Heath Rassner (D)

No Data Available

Florida House of Representatives district 120

Rep. Holly Raschein (R)

check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

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Steve Friedman (D)

check Opposes Step Up Tax Credit Scholarship and Vouchers

Statewide Candidates


Democratic Governor and Lt. Governor of Florida Candidates

Andrew Gillum (D)

Candidate for Governor

check Andrew Gillum wants to bring Step Up Scholarship to “conclusion”(*1)
check Andrew Gillum opposes Public Charter Schools (*2)
checkGillum's Political Committee (PAC) got $850,000 contribution from the group who sued to end the Step Up Scholarship Program and opposes charter schools (*3, 4)

(*sources below)

check Supports Traditional Public Schools (*2)

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Chris King (D)

Candidate for Lt. Governor
Shares Gillum Education Vision

Republican Governor and Lt. Governor of Florida Candidates

Ron Desantis (R)

Candidate for Governor - Education Champion for ALL Students
check Ron DeSantis Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Ron DeSantis Supports Public Charter Schools
check Ron DeSantis Supports Traditional Public Schools

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Jeanette Nunez (R)

Candidate for Lt. Governor
check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Attorney General Candidates

Ashley Moody (R)

Education Champion for ALL Florida Students
check Ashley Moody Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Ashley Moody Supports Public Charter Schools
check Ashley Moody Supports Traditional Public Schools

Sean Shaw (D)

check Shaw filed a bill to END Step Up Tax Credit Scholarship (*1)

check Consistently voted against pro-charter school and Step Up for Students legislation (*2)

checkShaw's Political Committee (PAC) got $25,000 contribution from group that sued to end Step Up Tax Credit Scholarship program and opposes charter schools. (*3)

(*sources below)

Chief Financial Officer Candidates

Jimmy Patronis (R)

check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Jeremey Ring (D)

check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Commissioner of Agriculture Candidates

Matt Caldwell (R)

check Supports Step Up Scholarships
check Supports Public Charter Schools
check Supports Traditional Public Schools

Nikki Fried (D)

check endorsed by the group who sued to end the Step Up Scholarship Program and opposes charter schools (*1)

(*sources below)

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SOURCES:

Andrew Gillum

1. Wants to bring Step Up to Conclusion:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-ne-desantis-school-tour-20180921-story.html

2. Opposes many Charter Schools:
https://educationvotes.nea.org/2018/09/14/five-reasons-why-floridas-andrew-gillum-is-public-educations-pick-for-governor/

3. PAC ccepted $100,000 from group that sued to end Step up Scholarship program:
http://floridapolitics.com/archives/275216-fea-committee-spends-100k-to-back-andrew-gillum

4. PAC accepted $850,000 from unions who oppose education choice programs and charter schools:
https://Forwardfla.com/

Sean Shaw

1. Filed a bill to bring Step Up to Conclusion:
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=61946

2. Consistently voted against pro-charter school legislation view his voting record here:
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov

3. Sean Shaw for Florida Political Committee (PAC) accepted $25,000 from group that sued to end Step Up Tax Credit Scholarship program and opposes charter schools.
https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/committees/ComDetail.asp?account=70499

Nikki Fried

1. Endorsed by unions
https://nikkifried.com/supporters/