Civil rights legend John Lewis endorses Gwen Graham in Dem primary for governor

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is backing former Rep. Gwen Graham’s Democratic bid for Florida governor.

U.S. Rep. and civil rights legend John Lewis, D-Georgia, is endorsing former colleague Gwen Graham in the 2018 primary for the Democratic nomination for governor.

“Only one Democrat for Governor of Florida —my good friend Gwen Graham — has the passion and commitment, the track record and the leadership skills to stand up, speak out, protect our priorities, and get things done,” says Lewis in a statement released by the Graham campaign. “Gwen is a champion for the progressive values so many of us share, and I am proud to give Gwen Graham my strongest endorsement for Governor of Florida.”

The endorsement should help Graham with black voters, who were about 29 percent of the Democratic electorate in 2016. Graham’s rivals include Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is black, and Central Florida businessman Chris King. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and trial lawyer John Morgan are also eyeing the Democratic race.


Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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