2018: Andrew Gillum endorsed by longtime Palm Beach County Dem

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has been endorsed by Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon in the Democratic 2018 race for governor.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s Democratic campaign for governor has picked up an early endorsement from Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon — a longtime player in local Democratic politics who should help open doors for the little-known Gillum in one of Florida’s bluest counties.

 

Gillum, who opened a campaign for governor this month, is one of several Democrats eyeing the 2018 governor’s race, when incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott faces term limits.

 

Gannon has held elected office since 2000, when she won the first of three state House terms. She’s won four countywide elections as tax collector and was county chairwoman of Hillary Clinton‘s campaign last year.

 

“As a local elected official, I know firsthand the challenges facing Floridians, from an economy that has disproportionately led to low-wage jobs, an education system that is overly reliant on high-stakes testing, and a lack of 21st century infrastructure,” Gannon’s endorsement statement says.

 

“I deal with these problems on a daily basis, and it is my calling to ensure I’m improving on them for my constituents, and not playing politics-as-usual like our Governor and Republican Legislature. I endorse Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for Governor because he has the experience and vision to make life better for every one of my constituents. Mayor Gillum has made Tallahassee a great place to raise a family, start a business, and put children on the path to success. I enthusiastically endorse him and look forward to sharing his experience and vision with my constituents.”

 

Central Florida businessman Chris King has also opened a Democratic campaign. Other Democrats eyeing the race include former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and deep-pocketed trial lawyer John Morgan. Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene has also been mentioned as a potential Democratic candidate and hasn’t definitively ruled out running.

 

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is expected to seek the GOP nomination and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-o’-Lakes, is also a potential Republican candidate.

 

 

 

 

Florida delegates warned to stay in seats on last night of convention. Here’s why.

A look inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as Carole King performs on Thursday, the final night of the Democratic National Convention. Every inch of space that can be occupied on the floor, is.  (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)
A look inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as Carole King performs on Thursday, the final night of the Democratic National Convention. Every inch of space that can be occupied on the floor, is. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

There was one message delivered to Florida’s delegates Thursday morning that they were especially warned to heed: Try not to leave your seats during the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon, who is serving as whip captain for the Florida delegation, warned delegates that the fire marshal would shut down the floor at a certain point once it became too busy.

The capacity of the arena’s floor — where some delegates sit during the event, with others seated in the arena’s stands — became an issue as the convention progressed. People standing in the aisles to watch the speakers and performers stood shoulder-to-shoulder, occasionally blocking walkways and prompting the fire marshal Wednesday night to close an area of the floor to people trying to pass through.

A combination of fewer seats and more delegates made for more cramped quarters at the host site of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia than at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland the week before.

Where the Wells Fargo Center, the DNC’s host, has about 19,600 seats, the Quicken Loans Arena had about 21,000 seats. And where the Republicans had about 2,500 delegates, the Democrats had close to 4,800. That doesn’t include guests, media, volunteers and security personnel.

The size of the convention stage may have played a factor as well, as several people observed that the stage for the DNC seems to be built out more than the RNC’s stage.

Gannon cautioned Florida delegates that if they left to go to the bathroom, they may not be able to get back to their seats, especially later in the night as more press and guests made their way to the floor to see presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak.

“Don’t drink a lot of water,” Gannon said. “That’s my advice.”

PBC Tax Collector named head of Florida Dem delegate communications

Anne Gannon
Anne Gannon

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon has been named head of the Florida delegation’s whips for the Democratic National Convention next week in Philadelphia.

Gannon, who is one of more than 160 Democratic delegates from Florida attending the event, will work with the state’s 16 deputy whips to make sure communication is streamlined, her office said Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton’s Florida campaign assigned the position to Gannon, a former member of Florida’s House of Representatives.

The role of whips at the convention is to share information with the large number of Florida delegates. In her role, Gannon will distribute messages and news to the whips, who each will provide those details to 10 delegates.

While on the floor at the convention, Gannon’s office said she will tweet each day from the Tax Collector’s Office Twitter account, @TAXPBC.

More Palm Beach County officials chosen as Democratic convention delegates

Deandre Poole, the vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, will be an at-large delegate for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.
Deandre Poole, the vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, will be an at-large delegate for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon, Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters and state Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, were among the final batch of Democratic National Convention delegates selected Saturday by the Florida Democratic Party.

 

Overall, Florida awarded 141 delegates to Hillary Clinton and 73 to Bernie Sanders after Clinton won the state’s March 15 primary with 64.4 percent statewide.

 

From left: Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters, Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon and state Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lanntana.
From left: Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters, Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon and state Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lanntana.

Dems elected 140 delegates — 93 for Clinton and 47 for Sanders — from congressional districts earlier this month. Those congressional district delegates on Saturday chose 27 “Party Leader and Elected Official” delegates (17 for Clinton, 10 for Sanders) and 45 at-large delegates (29 for Clinton, 16 for Sanders).

 

Saturday’s selections included nine Palm Beach County residents. Here’s a list of Saturday’s selectees, with Palm Beach County residents in bold.

 

Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates for Hillary Clinton:

Lori Berman

Cynthia Chestnut

Janet Cruz

Anne Gannon

Audrey Gibson

Mia Jones

Darden Rice

Barbara Shareif

Oscar Braynon

Bob Buckhorn

Buddy Dyer

Andrew Gillum

Philip Levine

Thomas Masters

Wayne Messam

Jean Monestime

Jared Moskowitz

 

PLEO delegates for Senator Bernie Sanders:

Deanie Bergbreiter

Cynthia Busch

Amber Cansino

Adriana Gonzalez

Samantha Herring

James Auffant

Dwight Bullard

Alix Desulme

Matt Killen

Ali Kurnaz

 

At-large delegates for Clinton:

Ana Cruz

Jessica Davis

Margo Dixon

Wanda Francis

Kat Gordon

Karen Green

Millie Herrera

Ginger Lew

Wendi Lipsich

Lynette Long

Joanne McCall

Deidre Newton

Nan Rich

Ghazala Salam

Isabel Santos

Alex Sink

Freddy Balsera

Vince Cameron

Manny Diaz

Marcus Dixon

Bob Graham

Steven Hall

Alex Heckler

Christopher Korge

Luis Lauredo

Raul Martinez

Deandre Poole

John Ramos

David Richardson

Christian Ulvert

 

 

At-large delegates for Sanders:

 

Rose Campbell

Maria Camillo

Sara Coutu

Gillian Edwards Brown

Marissa Lee

Denise Lombardi

Wendy Marie Sejour

Ciera Smith

Kris Zolondek

Thomas Egan

Amos Miers

AJ Nichols

Kirk Root

Nkume Sobe

Bradley Van Waus

Adam Woodhall

Call for Trump’s tax returns now includes his hometown tax collector

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Ann Gannon
Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon

The crowd calling for Donald Trump to release his tax returns now includes the tax collector in his part-time home of Palm Beach County.

Tax Collector Anne Gannon, a former Democratic state legislator, pointed out that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is bucking history with his refusal to release the returns.

Since 1976, all major party presidential nominees have released their tax returns to the public in a sign of transparency and honesty,” Gannon said.

“Florida voters deserve to know whether a candidate for president is paying a lower tax rate than a middle class family – and tax returns help confirm whether someone is telling the truth and playing by the same set of rules as everyone else,” she added.

“As the presumptive GOP nominee, Mr. Trump should immediately release his tax returns to the public and show he has nothing to hide. Floridians deserve to know how much money Mr. Trump makes, what he does with it, and whether his tax rate is lower than that of a typical working family.”

Trump has said he won’t release the federal filings until an ongoing audit is completed. Last week, Trump said that “there’s nothing to learn” from his tax returns and dismissed any need for voters to see them.

The likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, has posted eight years of returns.