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Alcee Hastings: Andrew Gillum is best choice for governor

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum continues to lap the Democratic gubernatorial field in endorsements, with U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings the latest significant name to step up for Gillum. Hastings, the popular, 13-term congressman representing Palm Beach and Broward counties, is the first member of Florida's congressional delegation to endorse in the Democratic primary that also includes former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, Winter Park businessman Chris King and potentially a couple multi-millionaire self-funders, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Orlando area lawyer John Morgan.

Here is Hastings' statement:

“We live in historically troubling times, and last year's election result proved that the stakes are high. I feel it necessary to make my voice heard early in this process, so that Democrats and all Floridians understand what is at stake in the 2018 election. For the last 20 years, under Republican rule in Tallahassee, communities of color across the state have suffered from a lack of job opportunities, poor access to quality public education, and access to quality and affordable healthcare. As Democrats, we need to make significant changes, and in this spirit, I believe that Mayor Andrew Gillum is the right choice to lead our state. 

“Mayor Gillum is an innovative pragmatic progressive leader that Florida desperately needs to confront our biggest challenges: attacking climate change, rebuilding our economy, protecting access to healthcare, and revitalizing public education. He has shown the courage to stand up for what he believes in, and he has never hesitated to give a voice to those who need one most. Floridians can trust Andrew Gillum to rebuild our state into one that works for everyone. 

“There are outstanding Democrats that have announced or are mentioned as running for governor in our state.  My support of Andrew should not be construed as being against others.  I will vigorously support the Democratic nominee for governor and do all that I can to ensure that our state goes from Red to Blue in 2018.”

Other endorsements of Gillum:

·         Democracy for America (DFA)

·         U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro

·         Florida Senator and Leader Designate Jeff Clemens

·         Florida Rep. and Democratic Whip Joseph Abruzzo

·         Florida Rep. Loranne Ausley

·         Florida Rep. Ramon Alexander

·         Florida Rep. Shevrin Jones

·  Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon

·         Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan

·         Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness

·  Osceola County Commissioner Viviana Janer

·         Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe

·         Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle P. Rogers

·         West Park Mayor Eric Jones

·         Lake Wales Mayor Eugene Fultz

·         West Park Vice Mayor Brian C. Johnson

·         St. Petersburg Council Vice Chair Lisa Wheeler Bowman

·         Gainesville Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos

·         Gainesville Commissioner Harvey Ward

·         Gainesville Commissioner David Arreola

·         Fort Myers Councilwoman Teresa Watkins Brown

·         Riviera Beach Commissioner Tonya Davis Johnson

·         West Park Commissioner Felicia Brunson

·         Belle Glade Commissioner Johnny Burroughs

·         Panama City Commissioner Kenneth Brown

·         North Bay Village Commissioner Andreana Jackson

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