Sheldon, Putnam, Atwater for Florida Cabinet

Democrats have put up an experienced and credible candidate against Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, though the party hasn’t been much help in raising money. But in the other two Cabinet races, Democrats aren’t even in the game, although they have nominal candidates.


Our Recommendation: Charlie Crist for governor

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist have done such a good job of tearing each other down in the campaign for governor that voters may be tempted to conclude they’re equally flawed and undeserving of victory. That would be wrong. The candidates take a markedly different approach to open government, have contrasting records on the economy, and they’re polar opposites on defining issues for the future of Florida.


Beyond the negative ads

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist deserve a D for their media campaigns in the race for governor: D for dismal, dispiriting, discouraging and downright disappointing. The campaign has been a downer.


Pursue FIU expansion: Yes

Miami-Dade voters face a decision of utmost importance for the future of higher education in South Florida on the November ballot. Voter approval would clear the way to pursue expansion of the main campus of Florida International University onto adjacent land used by the Dade County Youth Fair.


Garcia for Miami-Dade property appraiser

The August primary race for property appraiser was a crowded one with five candidates. It’s now down to two: former property appraiser Pedro J. Garcia, 77, and former Hialeah State Rep. Eddy Gonzalez, 44. They are vying for the opening created in January when Carlos Lopez-Cantera was appointed the state’s lieutenant governor.


Bocanegra for Miami-Dade County Group 19

The Miami Herald withdraws an election recommendation rarely, sometimes reluctantly, when new information leads to reconsideration. And this is the case in the runoff between incumbent Miami-Dade County Judge Jacqueline Schwartz and attorney Frank Bocanegra. In August, the Herald recommended Ms. Schwartz’s re-election because of her experience on the bench. The incumbent drew two opponents for the primary. She and Mr. Bocanegra ended up in a runoff.


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