Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum laid out a blueprint for his campaign for governor in Kleman Plaza this past Saturday. He began by telling a crowd of about 200 that “we must take back our state” and “we deserve our voice.”
He told his supporters “we’re going to run a race that is powered by people. It’s going to be your $25 dollar contributions, your $5, your $10, that’s going to make it possible for a people-centric message to break through.’ Gillum added, “I plan to be your champion.”
He criticized Florida Governor Rick Scott for not pursuing high speed rail and medicaid expansion and then pivoted to his successes as the Mayor and a City Commissioner in Tallahassee.
He spoke about the TechHire designation conferred upon Tallahassee by President Obama and his summer jobs program that put 250 students to work.
Gillum talked about the recent $2 million repeal of the City’s business tax, his support of approximately $5 million in electric utility refunds, and his support for a 200 acre solar farm.
Gillum then turned to what he is most comfortable talking about and that is his progressive policy positions he hopes will motivate young voters to support his candidacy.
He said I have stood up for what I believe. He detailed his support for marriage equality and Syrian refugees and relished in his recent confrontation with the NRA.
Notably absent from the campaign rally were signs of any current or former elected officials that have served with Gillum over the last 14 years.
Tallahassee Reports plans to review Mayor Gillum’s claims as Mayor and City Commissioner. TR also plans to provide detailed reports on votes Gillum has made on the Tallahassee City Commission and their impact on his bid for governor.