Democratic gubernatorial candidate and entrepreneur Jeff Greene visited North Florida today as part of his 8-day “Fighting for Florida” bus tour, completing back-to-school backpack giveaways and community outreach in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Gainesville.
“Twenty years of Republican Governors has left Florida’s public education system in a state of emergency,” says Greene. “We’ve got to stop starving our public schools and start investing in our children’s future with two years of full-day Pre-K for 3-and-4-year-olds, stopping the flow of public funds to private and charter ‘schools with no rules,’ and equalizing per-student spending so a child’s education isn’t dependent upon their zip code or the size of their parents’ paycheck.”
Greene also supports much-needed pay raises for teachers.
The North Florida leg of Greene’s tour kicked off in St. Augustine this morning with a backpack giveaway to the St. Johns County DEC as part of their back-to-school donation drive for local children in need, followed by a backpack donation to students at Northwestern Middle School in Jacksonville. Greene will hold a donation drive tonight Depot Park in Gainesville as well.
“Twenty years of Republican Governors have left Florida in a state of emergency,” Greene says. “Our public schools are 40th in the country, and children are afraid of being shot in their classrooms. We’re ranked 38th for healthcare affordability, and Trump and Tallahassee Republicans have waged war on women’s reproductive healthcare rights. I’m running for Governor to fight for Florida’s future, to stand up to Trump, and put children and families before special interests.”
Greene will continue his “Fighting for Florida” bus tour Tuesday in Hillsborough County, hosting a protest outside of the Trump-DeSantos rally. Greene’s tour bus, which features the message “Trump’s Worst Nightmare,” will be parked across from the fairgrounds where the Trump event will be held, and Greene will be addressing a crowd of Democrats between 6 and 7:30 p.m.
About Jeff Greene
Greene entered the Governor’s race on June 1, launching a campaign to offer a breakthrough voice and vision for Florida after polls revealed most Democratic voters remained undecided. Greene comes from humble beginnings – the struggling busboy-turned-successful entrepreneur attended public schools, worked three jobs throughout college, lived essentially out of the back of his Pontiac Grand Am selling circus tickets across the country, and took out student loans to get through college and Harvard Business School. He is running for Governor to give every family in Florida the same tools and opportunities to succeed that he had. Greene is focused on transforming public education and providing access to comprehensive pre-kindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds. He will stand up to Trump’s divisive rhetoric and dangerous policies, as seen in two of his recent television ads – one of which features video of Greene and Trump in a confrontation at a Trump property. Florida Democrats understand Greene’s unique ability to spend whatever it takes to go toe-to-toe with what have been overwhelmingly better-funded Republicans in the general election. Jeff Greene is poised to regain Democratic control of the Governor’s office for the first time in 20 years, without being beholden to any special interest groups whatsoever.