In Tuesday’s Florida primary election, Governor Ron DeSantis isn’t on the ballot. No Republican challenged the Governor’s model GOP tenure in the era of COVID, nor his record-breaking war chest OpenSecrets reported to be $165 million since he took office. Not having a primary opponent hasn’t dampened DeSantis’ campaign efforts, as he released a Maverick-inspired “Top Gov” ad against the mainstream media this week.
While DeSantis cooly cruises though the primary, the question being posed is if he will be running for President in 2024. The only clear answer is that DeSantis is not done being Governor yet. Desantis has been touring Florida with his robust education agenda, including rejecting COVID school closures, curriculum transparency, barring “woke” ideology and indoctrination, supporting civics and financial literacy education, veterans in the classroom, a historic expansion of school choice, and increased teacher pay. Florida is ranked among the top states for education.
DeSantis is aiming to keep on Gov’ing by getting conservative candidates elected to school boards across the state. DeSantis’ PAC has made donations of $1000 to each of his endorsed candidates and paid for mailers in at least two counties.
DeSantis charters a unique path in the political world by steering the non-partisan school board races, generally ignored by top-of-the-ticket candidates. America’s most popular governor has an aptitude for trendsetting and this one is likely to get traction with Republican leaders in other states. At an “Education Agenda Tour” stop in Sarasota Monday, he told the crowd, “If I could have a conservative majority on every school board in the country, we would be in such good shape.”
DeSantis has tweeted the list of 29 endorsed candidates committed to backing his “bold” education agenda. The Governor encouraged voter participation during Monday’s Sarasota speech telling the crowd,
“November’s going to be important, but we’ve got some work to do this Tuesday.”
These 29 candidates are committed to advancing a bold education agenda in Florida.
Parents can rest easy knowing that these candidates will fully support their rights, support good curriculum, and ensure that students reach their full potential in our K-12 system. pic.twitter.com/y60h9ekmrl
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) July 28, 2022