Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's Florida 2018 midterms voting guide

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Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's Florida 2018 midterms voting guide

Guns, Medicaid and a U.S. president whose behavior has been unprecedented have dominated the national debate around these midterm elections. We agree that this could be one of the most important elections of our lives. Critics have tried to paint so many of the issues in a radical light, but the suggestions we’ve listed below really just represent a dose of common sense and good, human values.

As long as you're registered to vote in Hillsborough or Pinellas County, you may early vote at any of the early voting sites in your county until 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 4.

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and you are required to vote in the polling place assigned to the precinct where you live (which you can find on your voter registration card or by visiting Hillsborough and Pinellas supervisor of elections website). Bring photo identification with a signature, such as a driver's license, or you will have to vote with a provisional ballot. Take this guide with you to the voting booth if you need it. Happy voting.

We also have more lengthy recommendations for multiple candidates, plus the 2018 amendments and local referenda.


Governor: Andrew Gillum

U.S. Senate: Bill Nelson

Agriculture Commissioner: Nikki Fried 

Attorney General: Sean Shaw

CFO: Jeremy Ring


U.S. House District 12: Chris Hunter

U.S. House District 13: Charlie Crist 

U.S. House District 15: Kristen Carlson

U.S. House District 16: David Shapiro


Florida House District 58 Phil Hornback

Florida House District 59 Adam Hattersley

Florida House District 60: Debra Bellanti 

Florida House District 63: Fentrice Driskell 

Florida House District 64: Jessica Harrington

Florida House District 65 Sally Laufer

Florida House District 66: Alex Heeren

Florida House District 67: Chris Latvala

Florida House District 69. Jennifer Webb


Florida Senate District 18: Janet Cruz

Florida Senate District 20: Kathy Lewis

Florida Senate District 24: Lindsay Cross

Florida Senate District 16: Amanda Murphy


Amendment 1: No

Amendment 2: No

Amendment 3: Yes

Amendment 4: Yes

Amendment 5: No

Amendment 6: No

Amendment 7: No

Amendment 9: Yes

Amendment 10: No

Amendment 11: No

Amendment 12: No

Amendment 13: Yes


Hillsborough County Commission District 2: Angela Birdsong

Hillsborough County Commission District 4: Andrew Davis

Hillsborough County Commission District 5: Mariella Smith

Hillsborough County Commission District 7: Kimberly Overman


Hillsborough Referendum No. 2: Yes

Hillsborough Referendum No. 3: Yes 

St. Petersburg Referendum St. Pete Pier: Yes 

St. Petersburg Referendum St. Pete Pier: Harborage Marina: Yes

*Regarding the Clearwater strong mayor referendum, CL remains undecided

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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