PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. —
In less than three months, Florida voters will decide which candidates will face off in the race to replace Governor Rick Scott. Just over a week ago, Palm Beach real estate mogul Jeff Greene entered the already crowded pool of Democrats.
The Palm Beach billionaire says he started from nothing and knows what it takes to get things done. Jeff Greene says he’s always had a desire to get involved in public service and has considered running for months.
In fact, his won’t be his first time on a ballot. Greene, who is a former Republican, ran for Congress in California in 1982 but lost in the GOP primary. He also ran as a democrat in Florida for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2010, but was unsuccessful.
Greene’s entry makes him the fifth candidate for the Democratic nomination. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and central Florida businessman Chris King have been campaigning for months. Greene says what sets him apart is his focus on education.
"We are going to have mandatory and available pre-k education for 2 years, before Kindergarten, for every child in Florida. Whatever it costs, we are going to get it done. We want to make sure that every child, before they get to Kindergarten, has already developed a vocabulary, knows how to use a pen and write, and is ready to begin the long process of learning and getting life skills,"
He also wants to equalize school funding across all zip codes. He says he will spend whatever it takes to go toe-to-toe with a republican in the November mid-term election.