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Five Florida Candidates You Definitely Shouldn't Vote for This Year

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3. David Rivera
Rivera — a Republican running for Florida House District 188 — is a political zombie. His reputation has pretty much been run over by a Sherman tank, and yet here he is, close to holding office again. As we wrote in August: Rivera "has dodged two federal indictments, is the subject of another ongoing criminal probe, has been fined $58,000 by the state ethics board, and is generally such a huge embarrassment that his old friend Marco Rubio won't even be seen in the same zip code."

4. Joe Kaufman
There's pretty much no way in hell that Kaufman will beat Debbie Wasserman Schultz in this year's congressional District 23 race. But Kaufman deserves a shout-out here anyway: He's a rampant Islamophobe, has appeared at Trump rallies, and spends most of his time slandering local Islamic leaders for being Muslim. Oh, and he got clowned by Jason Jones on the Daily Show in 2012. In June, he called for an end to "every Florida radical Muslim institution."
5. Frank Artiles
Where do we begin with this guy? Artiles wants to top Dwight Bullard and take state Senate District 40. He's also a brave warrior who proposed a bill to make sure transgender people use public bathrooms designated for the gender with which they were born. He also once had to deny that he punched a college kid at a bar, which means he was once accused of punching a college kid at a bar, which means don't vote for this clown.
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Jerry Iannelli is a former staff writer for Miami New Times from 2015 to March 2020. He graduated with honors from Temple University. He then earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.