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Gillum Stumps Before Tiger Bay

Andrew Gillum speaking before the Capital Tiger Bay Club.
Andrew Gillum speaking before the Capital Tiger Bay Club.

Tallahassee’s Mayor and Candidate for Florida Governor Andrew Gillum brought his stump speech to the Capital Tiger Bay Club today (Wednesday, 5/31).

Andrew Gillum speaking before the Capital Tiger Bay Club.
Credit Tom Flanigan
Andrew Gillum speaking before the Capital Tiger Bay Club.

Although admitting his bid is a bit of a long shot, Gillum insisted he has a chance to take the Democratic primary – and even the governor’s mansion – next year. While self-identifying as being on the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party, Gillum revealed he’s not afraid to take his message to an area known as a hotbed of conservative Republicans. Namely The Villages near Ocala, where he was surprised to find a warm reception and even financial support during a recent rally there.

“And they sent this thing around with a volunteer collecting donations and when that thing made it back to me they had raised nearly $5,000 in $5, $10 and $20 contributions,” he recalled.

Because of that and some high-powered endorsements on the state and even national level, Gillum was optimistic about his chances.

“And so I play to run this race and I’m going to go everywhere and talk to everybody and what I would love is to ask you all to join us on what might feel like an improbable journey, but I believe is wholly possible.”

As of now, Gillum is among 6 Democratic contenders for governor on the Florida Secretary of State’s list for the 2018 election.

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