The Point, Aug. 24, 2022: From governor to school board to city commission, these are the primary results

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Primary election results

• WUFT News/AP: Here’s who won Florida’s primaries for governor, agriculture commissioner and attorney general. “U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Florida, putting him in position to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis this fall. In selecting Crist, Florida Democrats sided with a candidate backed by many in the party’s establishment who viewed him as the safest choice. The 66-year-old Crist defeated Nikki Fried, the state agriculture commissioner.”

• WUFT News: State and federal results: Kat Cammack and Danielle Hawk win Florida’s 3rd Congressional District primaries. “The Associated Press called the Republican primary race for incumbent Kat Cammack about 20 minutes after polls closed. A call in favor of Democrat Danielle Hawk followed about 90 minutes later.”

• WUFT News: These are the new members of the Alachua County School Board. “Tina Certain emerged as the only incumbent Alachua County School Board member to hold onto her seat Tuesday night, as Mildred Russell lost to Diyonne McGraw, the challenger in District 2 who most recently held her seat. Sarah Rockwell beat Ray Holt in District 3, and Kay Abbitt defeated Prescott Cowles. Both Rockwell and Abbitt are newcomers to the board.”

• WUFT News: The Gainesville mayoral race heads to a runoff after a 10-person primary. “Harvey Ward and Ed Bielarski are headed to a runoff in the November general election after emerging as the two top candidates for Gainesville mayor in Tuesday’s primary. … Ward is in his second term as a Gainesville city commissioner and was among the four commissioners who in January voted to fire Bielarski as general manager of the city’s utility.”

• WUFT News: Marihelen Wheeler fends off primary challenge from Charlie Jackson for county commission seat. “Ed Braddy, who served as Gainesville mayor from 2013 to 2016, was the only Republican to file to run and will appear on the November ballot against Wheeler.”

• Politico: Most DeSantis-endorsed school board candidates win their Florida primaries. “The majority of local school board candidates backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis — at least 21 out of 30 — won their elections Tuesday, results that underscore how the Republican governor’s stance on education has gained support throughout Florida.”

• NPR News: Maxwell Frost, one of the first Gen Z candidates for Congress, has won his primary. “Frost’s win nearly secures his path to Congress since the Orlando-based seat is considered a solidly Democratic district. Frost will face off against Republican Calvin Wimbish in November.”


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Florida’s non-election stories

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Is Florida still an affordable place to retire? “…it’s the rising daily costs of living facing all residents — from gasoline to housing — that have made some retirees feel like Florida’s doors have closed on them.”

• Miami Herald ($): DeSantis’ plan to bus migrants to Delaware on standby as Texas takes ‘pressure off.’ “Gov. Ron DeSantis has talked about busing undocumented immigrants out of the state for the better part of the year, and his administration has $12 million to roll out a program that could do just that. But the Republican governor on Tuesday said that a similar program in Texas has ‘taken a lot of pressure off’ his administration, suggesting that DeSantis is not in any rush to start relocating migrants out of Florida.”

• NPR News: A change to Florida’s ballot signature review creates headaches for local officials. “A little-known provision in Senate Bill 90, a sweeping voting measure passed by Florida Republicans last year, increased how much input the public can have when it comes to approving signatures on mail ballots. This change comes at a time when local election officials across the country are still dealing with the fallout of misinformation following the 2020 election.”

• News4Jax: Postal worker dies after Putnam County dog attack. “A postal worker died Monday after being mauled Sunday by several dogs in the Interlachen Lake Estates area, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office identified Pamela Jane Rock, 61, of Melrose, as the mail carrier attacked Sunday afternoon by the dogs after her vehicle broke down.”

• WUFT News: Florida Highway Patrol chases stolen box truck, ends with traffic-blocking crash in Gainesville. “Law enforcement’s chase of a stolen vehicle from Tampa ended in Gainesville on Tuesday morning, causing major traffic delays during the height of the morning commute.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: County animal shelter ‘turned a corner’ since June. “Over the past two months, Alachua County’s animal shelter has removed its emergency status but continues a restricted intake process to keep numbers low. The shelter population has dropped from 247 to 65 since a June 28 meeting that prompted direct action by the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.”


From NPR News

• National: A new system to flag racist incidents and acts of hate is named after Emmett Till

• Health: An $18,000 biopsy? Paying cash might have been cheaper than using her insurance

• Health: Dr. Anthony Fauci looks back on his long-lasting career in healthcare

• Science: Spiders show signs of REM-like activity, raising the question: Do they dream?

• Science: NASA’s James Webb telescope has taken new images of Jupiter’s moons, rings and more

• Business: A former employee accuses Twitter of big security lapses in a whistleblower complaint

About today’s curator

I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to emagoc@wuft.org.

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