Rep. Alcee Hastings endorses Andrew Gillum for governor

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, (left) is endorsing Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Delray Beach, the dean of Florida’s congressional delegation and a go-to figure for Democrats seeking to turn out black voters, announced today he’s supporting Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the 2018 Democratic primary for governor.

Hastings, in his 13th House term, is the first member of Congress to endorse Gillum, who so far faces former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Winter Park businessman Chris King in the primary.

“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” Hastings said in a statement released by Gillum’s campaign.

Hastings called Gillum “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.”

 

 

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