State Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Atlantis, who’s in line to become Senate Democratic leader in 2018, is endorsing Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the Democratic primary for governor.
Two other elected Democrats from Palm Beach County — Tax Collector Anne Gannon and state Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach — have also announced their support for Gillum, who faces former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and businessman Chris King in the Democratic primary. Trial lawyer John Morgan and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine are also eyeing the Democratic race.
Said Clemens, in a statement released by Gillum’s campaign: “Andrew Gillum is a bold leader whose vision will transform Florida as our next Governor, and I’m proud to endorse him. Andrew will prioritize the people we serve, not the privileged few who have had their way in Tallahassee for decades. Strong values like top-flight education for every child, an economy that works for workers as well as small business owners, and healthcare that protects the vulnerable by covering Floridians with pre-existing conditions.
“Florida deserves better, and Andrew is the best person to challenge the status quo. He won’t stand for a budget that ranks 43rd in education funding or 50th in mental health spending, while big corporations get tax breaks. Andrew knows we can do better, and I have confidence he will make the Legislature do its job.”