GENERAL ELECTION

October 2
Vote-by-Mail begins*

October 9
Registration deadline

October 27
Early voting begins^

October 31
Last day to request a ballot by mail

November 3
Early voting ends^

November 6
Election Day

* County elections officials may start sending ballots on the date shown. They will continue to send ballots up until the Friday before Election Day. Check with your county election official for a more specific schedule.

^ Some counties will offer additional days of voting. Check with your county election officials for a more specific schedule and a list of early voting sites.

The good news? FEA members vote at a higher rate than the average Floridian. The even better news? Parents and voters trust what teachers and education staff professionals say is best for our public schools. They know that educators, not politicians, should be making classroom decisions to ensure student success.

You will be making many important decisions on the 2018 ballot that will affect our students, our schools and our communities for years. On this page we've collected resources to help you make those decisions.

Educate the Vote: FEA's Voter Guide

FEA endorsed candidates

The Florida Education Association makes candidate and ballot endorsements utilizing research, local input and a democratic process. The endorsements below are based upon education issues. Each candidate endorsement is based upon a commitment to our public schools, colleges and universities, our students and to the people who work in the public education system.

Please check back frequently as we continue to update this site during the election cycle. Only the candidates that are facing a primary election and have been endorsed for said primary election have been listed.
 
How you vote is a personal decision. As an educator, exercising your right and responsibility to vote is paramount duty to your students and your community. When educators vote, students win!

To find which Congressional, Florida House or Florida Senate district you live in please (1) refer to your voter registration card or (2) contact your local Supervisor of Elections office.

Governor / Lt. Governor

Andrew Gillum / Chris King

Attorney General

Sean Shaw

Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy Ring

Commissioner of Agriculture

Nikki Fried

Florida Senate

Note: Only even numbers districts are up for election in 2018; Plus special elections in districts 23 and 25.
District Candidate
SD 2 No recommendation
SD 4 No recommendation
SD 6 Audrey Gibson, Elected without opposition
SD 8 Kayser Enneking
SD 10 No recommendation
SD 12 No recommendation
SD 14 No recommendation
SD 16 Amanda Murphy
SD 18 Janet Cruz Rifkin
SD 20 No recommendation
SD 22 Robert "Bob" Doyel
SD 23 No recommendation
SD 24 No recommendation
SD 25 No recommendation
SD 26 No recommendation
SD 28 No recommendation
SD 30 Bobby Powell Jr.
SD 32 Lauren Book, Elected without opposition
SD 34 Gary Farmer
SD 36 David Perez
SD 38 Jason Pizzo, Elected during primary
SD 40 Annette Taddeo

Florida House of Representatives

District Candidate
HD 1 Vikki Garrett
HD 2 No recommendation, Elected in primary
HD 3 No recommendation
HD 4 No recommendation
HD 5 No recommendation, Elected without opposition
HD 6 No recommendation
HD 7 No recommendation, Elected without opposition
HD 8 Ramon Alexander, Elected without opposition
HD 9 Loranne Ausley, Elected without opposition
HD 10 Robert C. "Chuck" Brannan III
HD 11 Nathcelly Leroy Rohrbaugh
HD 12 No recommendation
HD 13 Tracie Davis, Elected without opposition
HD 14 No recommendation, Elected in primary
HD 15 Tracye Ann Polson
HD 16 No recommendation
HD 17 No recommendation
HD 18 No recommendation, Elected without opposition
HD 19 No recommendation
HD 20 Clovis Watson, Elected without opposition
HD 21 Jason Haeseler
HD 22 No recommendation
HD 23 No recommendation
HD 24 No recommendation
HD 25 No recommendation
HD 26 Patrick Henry
HD 27 No recommendation
HD 28 Lee Mangold
HD 29 Tracey Kagan
HD 30 No recommendation
HD 31 No recommendation
HD 32 No recommendation
HD 33 No recommendation
HD 34 No recommendation
HD 35 No recommendation
HD 36 No recommendation
HD 37 No recommendation
HD 38 No recommendation
HD 39 No recommendation
HD 40 No recommendation
HD 41 No recommendation, Elected without opposition
HD 42 No recommendation
HD 43 John Cortes, Elected without opposition
HD 44 Geraldine Thompson
HD 45 Kamia Brown, Elected without opposition
HD 46 Bruce Hadley Antone
HD 47 Anna V. Eskamani
HD 48 Amy Mercado
HD 49 Carlos Guillermo Smith
HD 50 No recommendation
HD 51 Michael Blake
HD 52 No recommendation
HD 53 No recommendation
HD 54 No recommendation
HD 55 No recommendation
HD 56 No recommendation, Elected during primary
HD 57 No recommendation
HD 58 No recommendation
HD 59 No recommendation
HD 60 Debra Bellanti
HD 61 Dianne Hart
HD 62 No recommendation
HD 63 Fentrice Driskel
HD 64 No recommendation
HD 65 No recommendation
HD 66 No recommendation
HD 67 No recommendation
HD 68 Ben Diamond, Elected without opposition
HD 69 Jennifer Webb
HD 70 Wengay "Newt" Newton, Elected in primary
HD 71 No recommendation
HD 72 Margaret Elizabeth Rowell Good
HD 73 No recommendation
HD 74 No recommendation
HD 75 No recommendation, Elected without opposition
HD 76 No recommendation
HD 77 No recommendation
HD 78 No recommendation
HD 79 Mark Lipton
HD 80 No recommendation
HD 81 Tina Polsky, Elected in primary
HD 82 No recommendation
HD 83 No recommendation
HD 84 No recommendation
HD 85 Ellen Baker
HD 86 Matt Willhite
HD 87 David Ryan Silvers
HD 88 Al Jacquet, Elected without opposition
HD 89 James A. Bonfiglio
HD 90 Joseph Casello, Elected without opposition
HD 91 Emily Ann Slosberg, Elected without opposition
HD 92 Patricia Hawkins-Williams, Elected in primary
HD 93 Emma Elizabeth Collum
HD 94 Bobby DuBose, Elected without opposition
HD 95 No recommendation, Elected without opposition
HD 96 Kristin Jacobs, Elected in primary
HD 97 Jared Moskowitz, Elected in primary
HD 98 Michael A. Gottlieb
HD 99 Evan Jenne, Elected without opposition
HD 100 Joseph S. "Joe" Geller, Elected without opposition
HD 101 Shevrin Dion Jones, Elected without opposition
HD 102 Sharon Pritchett, Elected without opposition
HD 103 Cindy Polo
HD 104 Richard "Rick" Stark, Elected without opposition
HD 105 No recommendation
HD 106 No recommendation
HD 107 Barbara Watson, Elected without opposition
HD 108 Dotie Joseph
HD 109 No recommendation, Elected in primary
HD 110 No recommendation, Elected without opposition
HD 111 No recommendation
HD 112 Nicholas Xavier Duran
HD 113 Michael Grieco
HD 114 Javier E. Fernandez
HD 115 Jeffrey Solomon
HD 116 No recommendation
HD 117 Kionne McGhee, Elected without opposition
HD 118 Robert Asencio
HD 119 No recommendation
HD 120 Steve Friedman

School Board Candidates

County District Candidate
Alachua 3 Gunnar Paulson
Brevard 5 Kelly Damerow
Brevard 2 Cheryl McDougall
Charlotte 1 Cara Reynolds
Clay 5 Lynne Chafee
Hernando 3 Jimmy Lodato
Hillsborough 1 Bill Person
Lee 5 Pamela LaRiviere
Lee 6 Nicholas Alexander
Manatee 4 Joseph Stokes
Orange 2 Johanna Lopez
Orange 7 Eric Schwalbach
Pinellas 2 Jeff Larsen
Polk 3 Sarah Fortney
Polk 5 Jennifer Sabin
Seminole 1 Kristine Kraus

Constitutional Amendment recommendations

FEA's positions on this year's Constitutional Amendments are summarized below. For a full table with amendment titles and descriptions alongside FEA's position download this FEA Constitutional Amendment Table [PDF, 47K].

Constitutional Amendments

Amendment FEA position
Amendment 1 Oppose
Amendment 2 No position
Amendment 3 No position
Amendment 4 Support
Amendment 5 Oppose
Amendment 6 No position
Amendment 7 Oppose
Amendment 8 REMOVED FROM BALLOT
Amendment 9 No position
Amendment 10 No position
Amendment 11 No position
Amendment 12 No position
Amendment 13 No position

Paid political advertisement paid for by Florida Education Association, 213 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301 independently of any committee.

How well did your legislator support public education?

For the past two decades the legislature has graded teachers and schools, as well as students. The Florida Education Association decided it’s about time that legislators get a grade for their work as well. 

The FEA Legislative Report Card measures Florida legislators’ overall support for public education during the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions, with each lawmaker receiving a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F.

Additional Resources

Make a Plan to Vote

2018 Election Dates

GENERAL ELECTION

October 2
Vote-by-Mail begins*

October 9
Registration deadline

October 27
Early voting begins^

October 31
Last day to request a ballot by mail

November 3
Early voting ends^

November 6
Election Day

* County elections officials may start sending ballots on the date shown. They will continue to send ballots up until the Friday before Election Day. Check with your county election officials for a more specific schedule.

^ Some counties will offer additional days of voting. Check with your county election officials for a more specific schedule and a list of early voting sites.

Check your voter registration

Due to the issues some have faced with Florida's online registration system, FEA is urging all union members to check and update their voter status before the October 9 deadline for the November general election.

Checking your voter status is easy and can be done online through:

FEA suggests reviewing this information as soon as possible because it may take a couple of days for the updates to appear in the Florida Voter Registration System.

Members who are not able to find their information should contact their county Supervisor of Elections office or call the Division of Elections’ Voter Assistance hotline at (866) 308-6739 to report the problem.

How will you vote?

Request your Vote-By-Mail ballot today

There are several ways to vote, but each year more Floridians are requesting Vote-by-Mail ballots. Why vote by mail? 

  • Take your time researching and making your voting decisions
  • Vote on your schedule, no risk of waiting in lines
  • Make sure your vote counts!

Voting by mail is safe, convenient and the easiest way to participate in an election. Best of all, your request will cover all elections throughout the year. One way to sign up for a vote-by-mail ballot is to go to www.PublicSchoolsVote.com.

Early voting

MakeAPlanToVote.com has a searchable map of each county's early voting sites, dates and times.

Voting on Election Day

You can find information on your polling location at your county Supervisor of Elections' website or at MakeAPlanToVote.com.

The polls are open on Election Day, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot.

At your designated polling location, you will be asked to provide a valid photo ID with signature. Any one of the following photo IDs will be accepted:

  • Florida driver’s license or ID card
  • United States passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Neighborhood association identification
  • Public assistance identification
  • Veteran health identification card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06
  • Government employee identification card

If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature. If you need help obtaining your ID to vote call VoteRiders at 844-338-8743.

Register to vote

There is still time to register for the General Election before the October 9 deadline. Register online with your county Supervisor of Elections' website or through the Florida Online Voter Registration site.

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