Dems’ net worth: $3 billion-plus gap between candidates for governor

Florida Democratic candidates for governor, alphabetically from left: Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum often describes himself as the only non-millionaire in the crowded Democratic primary for Florida governor.

Financial disclosure reports released Monday underscore his point.

As Florida’s candidate qualifying period opened, Gillum listed a net worth of $334,200 on the disclosure form required for all candidates for state office. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham pegged her net worth at $14.4 million. And former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine estimated his at $133 million.

Candidates have until noon Friday to file disclosures and other paperwork and pay a $7,816.38 filing fee to qualify for the 2018 ballot.

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene and Winter Park businessman Chris King have yet to file among Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls. If Greene lists a figure in the $3.8 billion neighborhood estimated by Forbes last year, that’s more than 11,000 times Gillum’s net worth.

Neither of the leading Republican candidates for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam or U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, has filed yet, either. Putnam listed a $7.8 million net worth four years ago when he ran for a second term as ag commissioner.

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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