Candidates

Here is an overview of State and Local candidates of interest to Democrats in the 2018 election.  The list is constantly in flux as candidates drop out or get registered.

National Candidates

Florida Congressional District 11

Meet Dana

Dana Cottrell

Family, Community, Commitment

Dana was born in Queens, New York, and moved to Florida in 1988. She graduated from the University of South Florida with an undergraduate degree in education, and a graduate degree in library and information science. 

Dana has taught in Hernando County for twelve years, and overseas for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools for thirteen years. 

It has always been her dream to help others and make the world a better place for all. She has worked toward this goal through her teaching career, and now, she hopes to continue by serving the constituents of District 11. 

Dana Cottrell, a wife, a mom, a teacher, a woman, an American.

Would you like to learn more about Dana?  CLICK HERE

Florida Senator

Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson is a true son of Florida: his family came to Florida in 1829, and his grandparents homesteaded in the early 20th Century on land that today is the Kennedy Space Center.

Most of us have a clear memory of the day America was shocked by the catastrophic destruction of the space shuttle Challenger. Even so, the dangers of space exploration were known to our senator, as he spent six days orbiting the Earth aboard the space shuttle Columbia - just ten days before Challenger's ill-fated launch in 1986.

In his book, "Mission", he recalled being just seconds into his own flight, climbing straight up and hearing his pilot's voice over the com-system: "We have a malfunction. We have a helium leak."

It was one of many crises that would be averted on a flight that gave him a unique perspective on Earth's environment, and an appreciation of the importance of our nation's exploration into the unknown. He is recognized as a congressional expert on NASA.

But mostly he's an unrelenting advocate for all Floridians, and a moderate voice in an increasingly partisan world of national politics.

Bill Nelson is a fifth-generation Floridian, who has served the people of his home state for more than four decades, first as a state legislator, then as a congressman, then as a state Cabinet officer, and now as Florida's senior United States senator.

During his time in the Senate, he's stopped oil companies from drilling off our coast and has been a tireless champion to save the Everglades.

Almost single-handedly, he stopped the government from confiscating lower-cost prescription drugs from consumers who had purchased them from Canadian pharmacies. More recently, he's been a leader in the fight to protect children from the hazards of unsafe imported toys.

Bill Nelson is someone who thinks public service is a noble calling - and that's why he's devoted his life to serving his community, his state and his country.

To learn more go to his website

State Candidates for Governor

Andrew Gillum is one of four Democratic candidates for Governor in Florida.  He is currently Mayor of Talahassee.

For more about Andrew and his plans go to his website.

For a movie of his visit to The Villages Democrats Club click here.


Chris King is also a candidate for Governor.  Chris isn’t a professional politician — he knows politics as usual isn’t working for Florida. He’s seen an economy that leaves too many behind, a school system that doesn’t fulfill its commitment to our children, and a community more divided than ever. When Chris identifies a problem, he doesn’t stop until he’s made a plan to solve it. He’s taken on Florida’s housing crisis by launching a purpose-driven business with his brother Michael. He’s revitalized thousands of homes to make them affordable for fixed-income seniors and working families.

For more about Chris and his plans visit his website


Gwen Graham is another Democratic candidate for Governor.

Putting Florida Families First

Over the past twenty years, the politicians in Tallahassee have abandoned their responsibility to educate Florida’s students, protect our environment and foster an economy that provides every family with an opportunity to get ahead. Gwen believes it’s time for government to care about people again and put Florida families first.

For more details see Gwen's site.