A candidate for Florida governor campaigned at the Feb. 15 African-American History celebration but he wasn’t your typical politician

Kyle “KC” Gibson, 44, from Fort Lauderdale, is hoping to gather nearly 120,000 signatures to get his name on the November ballot as a candidate without political affiliation.

The former elementary school teacher, and now pastor of the Gibbs Chapel AME Church in North Miami Beach, Gibson said he has aspired since age 7 to run for governor. In Jan. 2010, right after Gov. Scott stepped into office, Gibson said he filed to run for the office and has been at it ever since.

He said he’s gathered about half the needed signatures, and has made reform to education, and to the Flordia Department of Corrections, his primary issues.

He said he would like to deemphasize standardized testing. “I would like to focus on development of their education (in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade) versus the passing of a test,” Gibson said.

He said close to 85 percent of inmates incarcerated in Florida lack a high school education, and that this number could be improved by a greater emphasis on early childhood education.

Gibson isn’t daunted by the huge amount of needed to compete for the governorship in Florida. “People just want integrity and openness, that your yes means yes and your no means no,” he said. “They want a person that they’re willing – even if they didn’t vote for – to say ‘that’s the governor of my state.”

His campaign will formally kick off in May with a two-week bicycle ride through all of the state’s 67 counties, from Key West to Pensacola. Gibson said he won’t ride the entire route, but much of it, with the longest leg 91 miles, from Fort Walton Beach to Pensacola, and many of the others ranging from 47 to 67 miles.

To learn more about Gibson’s camapaigbn, email kc2020vision@aol.com