- Associated Press - Thursday, August 9, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the Democratic candidates debate for Florida governor (all times local):

9:45 p.m.:

The five major Democratic candidates for Florida governor appeared together for possibly the last time before the Aug. 28 primary.

At a town hall Thursday evening, they came on stage together and then took questions individually as the others went offstage.

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine defended using the parents of a student killed in the Parkland mass shootings in his campaign ads, saying he wants to ban assault rifles.

Real estate investor Jeff Greene said there is a war on education and he wants to boost teacher salaries.

Asked about her reputation about sometimes voting with Republicans while in Congress, former U.S. Rep Gwen Graham said every vote she cast was informed and that people can send robots to Congress if they want a party-line vote.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said he is the most progressive candidate and the only one who isn’t a millionaire or billionaire.

Orlando-area businessman Chris King said he’s the only candidate calling for a tax on bullets and an end to the death penalty.

The town hall was sponsored by WJXT and Jacksonville University.


2:15 p.m.

The five major Democratic candidates for Florida governor will be appearing side-by-side for possibly the last time before the Aug. 28 primary.

Jacksonville University and WJXT will host the candidates Thursday night in a town hall format.

Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, billionaire Jeff Greene, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando-area businessman Chris King will participate in the event.

The five candidates will appear together at the beginning and end of the event but take questions separately while the others are off stage.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott can’t seek re-election due to term limits and is instead challenging Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are seeking the Republican nomination.

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