Chris King

Major contenders running for Florida governor are getting a chance to give their campaign pitch to reporters and editors from across the state.

The Associated Press is holding its annual pre-session planning day on Thursday at the Capitol. The session starts in January.

Three Democrats and two Republicans running for governor in 2018 are scheduled to appear.

Gov. Rick Scott is leaving office in early 2019 due to term limits.

Photos: Wikimedia Commons, Chris King for Florida

Despite the moderator's polite prodding, the three leading Democratic candidates for Florida governor expressed few differences Monday on their main issues in next year's election — education, jobs and the economy.

City of Tallahassee

The leading Democrats running for Florida governor met with gay and lesbian party members Saturday in an event that at times was touching and personal, and served as a reminder that Florida is a place where people can still be discriminated against because of who they love.