Democratic Tallahassee Mayor  Andrew  Gillum and Miami Beach Mayor  Philip Levine both talked about their interest in running for  governor and gave what  were  essentially campaign speeches in Orlando Friday but both stopped short of  declaring anything.

Gillum and Levine were joined by Florida House Speaker  Richard Corcoran in addressing the Central Florida Urban League’s annual  awards  breakfast in Orlando. While no one declared any formal intentions to run for governor, the two Democratic probable rivals said they were  exploring the prospect for 2018.

“I am strongly considering a run for  governor,” Gillum said. “I  will admit at the very beginning of this that my experience, and my upbringing, certainly do not suggest that I should be thinking about a run or dreaming about a run. But yet we’re here.”

Twenty minutes later, during his turn, Levine did not explicitly say he was  considering  running, but talked about it in a matter of “ifs.”

And speaking to, Levine said he was considering a run, but was not there yet.

To the Urban League, he spoke of  minimum wages, creating a statewide entrepreneurial atmosphere, and making  college affordable for anyone.

“If I decide to run, something that is going to be a key ingredient, a key focus and a mandate,” Levine said. “Because you can’t create entrepreneurialism, you can’t create a solid state unless you have everyone go to college and get an education.”

The Democrats could be looking at a crowded field. former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Orlando lawyer John Morgan both also have said  they are strongly considering runs, and other candidates appear to be positioning themselves.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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