Florida Primary Election

The Florida Times Union, September 8, 2002 | Go to article overview

Florida Primary Election


GOVERNOR

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

Daryl Jones -- Age: 47 -- Job: State senator, attorney -- Education: United States Air Force Academy, B.S. in Math, 1977; University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1987. -- Background: State senator, 1992-present; state representative, 1990-1992; attorney, Adorno & Zeder, P.A., 1996-Present; assistant Dade County attorney, 1988-1990; lieutenant colonel, Air Force Reserve; former Air Force captain.

WHERE THEY STAND

EDUCATION

-- Give $2,000 raises to teachers

-- Build 100 schools a year for the next decade

-- Replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) with a test drawn up by teachers.

-- The plan relies, in part, on giving tax incentives so corporations would donate money to non-profit groups. That would reduce the amount the state pays for services provided by non-profits.

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES

-- Switch from brand name to generic Medicaid prescriptions and use the savings to better fund DCF.

-- Pay caseworkers more to lessen turnover.

-- Give caseworkers laptop computers linked to the state system so they can have family histories at their fingertips during visits.

BUDGET

-- Proposals include spending about $300 million on raises for public-school teachers, expanding pre-kindergarten programs and helping seniors pay for prescription drugs.

-- Fund the programs with a number of changes, including cracking down on Medicaid fraud and forcing businesses to pay uncollected sales taxes.

Bill McBride -- Age: 57 -- Job: Lawyer -- Education: University of Florida, 1968; law school at the University of Florida, 1975. -- Background: Managing partner at Holland & Knight law firm, 1992-2001; Joined firm in 1975. Chairman, Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation; board member, Florida Chamber of Commerce; National chairman, Law Firm Pro Bono Project; board member, Enterprise Florida; assistant to American Bar Association president Chesterfield Smith. Volunteered for the Marines, 1968; awarded Bronze Star in 1970.

WHERE THEY STAND

EDUCATION

-- Raise teacher salaries by $2,500 a year

-- Reduce class sizes

-- Expand pre-kindergarten programs

-- Eliminate current system of grading public schools.

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES

-- Convene a national advisory panel to draw on successes in other states and advise reforms.

-- Focus more heavily on keeping families together instead of taking children from their homes.

-- Increase funding for child abuse prevention, services to families, guardians ad litem and foster care.

BUDGET

-- $1 billion in additional education spending, including $434 million for increased teacher salaries, $300 million for reducing class sizes and $150 million for expanded pre-kindergarten programs.

-- Pay for the plan, in part, by increasing taxes on cigarettes by 50 cents a pack, which would raise $565 million.

-- End some sales-tax exemptions and block pork-barrel spending by lawmakers.

Janet Reno -- Age: 64 -- Job: Attorney -- Education: Cornell University (chemistry), 1960; Harvard Law School, 1963. -- Background: U.S. Attorney General, 1993-2001; State attorney for Dade County, Fla., 1978-93; partner in Miami law firm of Steel, Hector and Davis, 1976-78; assistant state attorney in Dade County, Fla., 1973-76; counsel for the state Senate committee revising the Florida Criminal Code, 1973; candidate for the state Legislature (defeated), 1972; staff director of the Judiciary Committee of the Florida House, 1971.

WHERE THEY STAND

EDUCATION

-- Increase teacher pay

-- Expanding pre-kindergarten programs

-- Reduce class sizes

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES

-- Establish an independent monitor to continuously evaluate DCF.

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