Who was the only candidate for governor at Everglades Coalition conference?

Democratic governor candidate Chris King at a Palm Beach County Democratic meeting last year.

Chris King, the Winter Park businessman seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination for Florida governor, scored some points with Everglades advocates by being the only gubernatorial hopeful to attend the recent Everglades Coalition Conference in Stuart.

King impressed attendees by appearing “sharp” on the issues, said Kimberly Mitchell, the former West Palm Beach city commissioner who is executive director of the Everglades Trust. The Everglades Trust, the Sierra Club and several other groups sponsored the four-day conference.

Mitchell said all the major Republican and Democratic candidates for governor were invited except former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who got in the race after invitations went out.

Former Florida Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham — whose daughter, Gwen Graham, is a candidate for governor — spoke at the conference.

King has pledged not to accept campaign contributions from the sugar industry “because I want to be an honest broker as we tackle a host of important environmental and legislative issues,” King said in a statement released by his campaign.

“This isn’t about demonizing one industry — everyone has a right to advocate for their interests. But special interest groups have enough advocates in Tallahassee. I’m going to be a governor who puts the people, environment, and economy of Florida ahead of these special interests. Today, I renewed that pledge,” King said.

 

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