Word has it that others were invited but only one candidate or potential candidate, Democrat Chris King, showed up at the Florida Legislative Black Caucus’s symposium Thursday to talk about the 2018 gubernatorial race.

King tweeted such Thursday, “Honored to talk w/the great leaders at the @FLBlackCaucus Gubernatorial Symposium about how to make our future better than our past.”

He is the Winter Park businessman who filed in late February but didn’t formally kick off his campaign until Tuesday night.

The other announced Democrat so far is Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, while Miami Beach Mayor Phil Levine, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee and attorney John Morgan of Orlando are all openly contemplating runs, and even doing some pre-campaigning. For the Republicans, State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is unannounced but raising big money for a run.

“He’s here. Showing up is half the battle,” caucus chair state Sen. Perry Thurston. “I want to thank him for showing up, thank him for being here.”

Self-described political junkie Ella K. Coffee attended, and tweeted out a few details of King’s comments:


“We have to stop raiding our affordable home fund in the state.”

“When a person hasn’t had their rights restored, it’s not just about that, it’s about being able to support their family.”

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