Up to now, I have written about the candidates running in the August primaries in the two Collier County Commission races, the three School Board races, the Florida Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture races, the Collier County judge race, and most recently, the Congressional District 19 and District 26 races. Find them all in my 2022 Elections Archive.
Also on the August ballot for Collier voters are three races I have not written about:
- U.S. Senator — incumbent Marco Rubio’s term is up;
- U.S. Representative — new Congressional District 18 (includes one percent of Collier County voters); and
- Florida Governor — incumbent Ron DeSantis’s term is up.
I will not be doing full posts on these races because, unfortunately, the time I have for research and writing in the coming weeks is limited due to personal commitments — and I know many of my readers have already voted or will be voting soon. Early voting begins on Aug. 13.
So rather than not write anything at all, in this post, I will share links to the candidates’ campaign websites and other relevant online sources where you can continue your research, as well as the campaign financial situations of the three races. While not my usual deep dives, I hope what I am sharing will be helpful. I’ll look further into the winners as we get ready to vote in the November elections.
Incumbent Republican Senator Marco Rubio is running for reelection. He has no Republican challengers and will be that party’s nominee on the November ballot.
Four Democrats are running to challenge him: Val Demings, Ricardo De La Fuente, Brian Rush, and William Sanchez.
Only registered Democrats may vote in this closed primary. If you are registered as Republican, No Party Affiliation, or another party, this race will not be on your August ballot.
- ballotpedia.org/Val_Demings — see especially key votes in Congress
Ricardo De La Fuente
- ballotpedia.org/RicardoDeLaFuente — see especially prior unsuccessful runs for office
- ballotpedia.org/WilliamSanchez(Florida) – see — see especially candidate survey
FL Senate Race in the News
Here are the monetary contributions and expenditures reported by each of the Democratic Party candidates, according to their most recent Federal Election Commission filings as of Aug. 8, 2022.
Congressional District 18
The new Congressional District 18, as drawn by Gov. Ron DeSantis in the recent redistricting and approved by the Florida Legislature, is located in the center of the state and includes portions of eight counties: Collier (1% of the District’s voters), De Soto (4%), Glades (2%), Hardy (3%), Hendry (5%), Highlands (14%), Okeechobee (5%), and Polk (66%).
Incumbent Republican Scott Franklin of Lakeland, FL, is running for reelection. He is completing his first term in Congress representing pre-redistricting District 15. Until the redistricting, that District covered northern Polk County, including most of Lakeland along with eastern Hillsborough County and southern Lake County.
Four Republicans are running to challenge him: Kenneth “Kenny” Hartpence, Jennifer Raybon, Wendy Schmeling, and Eduardo “Eddie” Tarazona.
Only registered Republicans may vote in this closed primary. The winner will likely go on to represent the 18th District in Congress, after facing NPA candidate Keith Hayden, Jr., and a Write-In option in November.
- ballotpedia.org/ScottFranklin — see especially key votes in Congress
Kenneth “Kenny” Hartpence
- ballotpedia.org/JenniferRaybon — see especially candidate survey
- ballotpedia.org/WendySchmeling — see especially candidate survey
Eduardo “Eddie” Tarazona
CD 18 Race in the News
- Florida’s 18th Congressional District election, 2022, Ballotpedia
- US Rep. Scott Franklin faces 4 newcomers in Republican primary for the 18th district ($$), The Lakeland Ledger, 8/8/22
Here are the monetary contributions and expenditures reported by these Republican Party candidates according to their most recent Federal Election Commission filings.
Incumbent Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is running for reelection. He has no Republican challengers and will be that party’s nominee on the November ballot.
Four Democrats are running to challenge him: Charlie Crist, Cadence Daniel, Nicole “Nikki” Fried, and Robert L. Willis. Click here for a list of government officials and organizations that have endorsed Crist or Fried.
Only registered Democrats may vote in this closed primary.
The winner will face DeSantis, two No Party Affiliation candidates, a Libertarian Party of Florida candidate, and a Write-In option in November.
- ballotpedia.org/Charlie_Crist — see especially key votes
Nicole “Nikki” Fried
Robert L. Willis
Governor Race in the News
- Florida gubernatorial election, 2022, Ballotpedia
- To defeat Ron DeSantis, Florida Democrats are coalescing around Charlie Crist and the Joe Biden playbook, CNN, 7/17/22
Here are the monetary contributions and expenditures reported by each of the Democratic Party candidates according to their most recent Federal Election Commission filings.
Only you can decide which candidates you think would better represent you. If you have questions about any of them, try contacting them directly through their website.
If you need additional information about the election itself, visit your Supervisor of Elections website.