Jeff Greene, Patrick Murphy considering 2018 race for Florida governor

Democrats officially vying for the candidacy include former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine

Patrick Murphy and Jeff Greene
Patrick Murphy and Jeff Greene

Democrats Jeff Greene and Patrick Murphy are both still mulling a run for governor in the Sunshine State.

Greene, a billionaire real estate developer in Palm Beach, and Murphy, a vice president at his family’s Coastal Construction, are still considering entering the 2018 race, according to the Palm Beach Post. Murphy is also a former U.S. representative, and lost a U.S. Senate race to Marco Rubio in 2016.

It wouldn’t be the first race for Greene, either. He spent $23 million in an unsuccessful effort to win the 2010 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, losing to Kendrick Meek. The Palm Beach County developer is working on a number of projects in the county, including an office tower, retail, residential and hotel developments.

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If either joins the gubernatorial race, they would be running against Chris King of Winter Park, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Murphy has been outspoken about using local, state and federal money to fund sea level rise mitigation projects. [Palm Beach Post] – Katherine Kallergis