Dem Andrew Gillum snags another Palm Beach County endorsement in governor race

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, left, and state Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach.

Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic governor candidate Andrew Gillum has picked up an endorsement from state Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach.

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon has also endorsed Gillum.

While lacking the star power of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who endorsed Democrat Gwen Graham in the governor’s race on Wednesday, both Abruzzo and Gannon are well-connected among the Democratic club presidents and party activists who can be influential in a Democratic primary in Florida’s third-largest county.

Abruzzo says the 37-year-old Gillum can fire up the Democratic base in a way other candidates can’t.

Said Abruzzo in an endorsement statement released by the Gillum campaign: “Only a few times in a generation do we have the opportunity to elect a leader like Andrew Gillum. He brings the integrity, experience, and energy to ignite the Democratic base. As Mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew has had a front-row seat to state government’s inner-workings and he possesses a strong grasp of state issues. As Democratic House Whip, I can attest that Andrew has worked with the Democratic Caucus and will be ready to lead as Governor from Day One. He is the Democrat in this race who can rebuild our economy so that it works better for everyone in Palm Beach County and the Sunshine State. Andrew will work tirelessly to ensure that every worker has the opportunity to earn a paycheck that supports their family, and that’s just the kind of leadership Florida needs in our next Governor. I will be joining him on the campaign trail, in South Florida and throughout our state, to have discussions with veterans, teachers, and first responders about why we need Andrew Gillum as the next governor of the state of Florida.”

Gillum, Graham and businessman Chris King have opened Democratic campaigns for governor while trial lawyer John Morgan and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine could also enter the Democratic race.

 

 

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