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Andrew Gillum Returns

Jul 21, 2020

Former Tallahassee Mayor and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, made a return to the public eye with an Instagram post Monday afternoon. Gillum faced controversy after he was found in March in a hotel room where another man nearly overdosed.

“I know it’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to connect. But as many of you know, I decided to take some time away to work on myself," Gillum said.

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says he’s entering rehab days after Miami Beach police were called to a hotel room where a man overdosed on what appeared to be crystal meth and Gillum was present.

A ballot in a voting booth.
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In a state where razor-thin election margins have become the norm in major races, Democrats are seeking to make inroads by trying to do away with a decades-old Florida law that requires candidates who are of the same party as the governor to appear first on the ballot.

Gillum Questions Could Focus On Campaign Money

Jun 3, 2019
News Service of Florida

As federal prosecutors poke around at issues involving Andrew Gillum, they could be looking into potential “misuse or misreporting” of campaign money tied to the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, according to Gillum’s attorney, Barry Richard.

Andrew Gillum's Facebook page

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum agreed Wednesday to pay a $5,000 fine in a settlement reached with a state ethics-commission attorney, who agreed to drop four of five charges of ethics violations related to trips to Costa Rica and New York, a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty and a ticket to the Broadway hit, “Hamilton.”

News Service of Florida

State ethics officials have found probable cause that former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost the governor’s race last year and continues to draw national political attention, violated Florida ethics laws by accepting gifts from lobbyists.

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The lawsuit against Duval County Public Schools for hiring armed staffers to patrol school grounds has been refiled, after the initial one was rejected on technical grounds. Local parents are arguing that the school system has gone outside the law in placing armed assistants on school campus who are not sworn police officers.

Gillum talking to a group of people.
Andrew Gillum, Democrat, for Governor

In the weeks after Democrat Andrew Gillum lost the Nov. 6 Florida gubernatorial election, money continued to flow into a political committee that played a major role in his campaign.

Based on Thursday afternoon unofficial election returns, it's looking like the governor's race is headed toward a recount along with the high profile U.S. Senate and Agriculture Commissioner races.

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Ron Desantis has narrowly defeated Andrew Gillum to become the next governor of Florida. 

One of the counties that Gillum carried was Duval, with more than 51 percent of votes cast.

Gillum Vows Areas Won't Be 'Forgotten' If He Wins

Nov 6, 2018

Most of the houses, the ones still standing, are crowned with blue tarps, and the heavy-duty trucks are still clearing massive trees snapped like matchsticks on the back roads surrounding the Sunrise Worship Center in Jackson County.

In Florida's high profile, tightly contested governor's race, the focus is squarely on South Florida. On Thursday, one candidate went as far south as he could go.

With exactly one week left until Election Day, the democratic candidate for Florida governor visited predominantly-purple Southwest Florida on Tuesday.

Andrew Gillum continues to lead in the latest governor’s race poll from the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

The poll of likely voters, released Tuesday, shows 49 percent of respondents plan to vote for Gillum, the Democratic nominee, while 43 percent plan to vote for the Republican candidate, Ron DeSantis. Seven percent of voters said they are undecided.        

DeSantis, Gillum Divisions On Display At Final Gubernatorial Debate

Oct 25, 2018
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press, Pool photo

The first question in Wednesday’s second and final debate between Florida gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis focused on the divisive nature of the country’s political discourse.

A new Quinnipiac Poll shows Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum with a six point lead over his Republican counterpart, former U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis, in the increasingly tight race to become Florida’s next governor.

Via News Service of Florida

Likening the November election to “reclaiming America’s soul, for real,” former Vice President Joe Biden held a crowd of supporters spellbound Monday as he shared a stage with Florida’s top two Democratic candidates as early voting started in many parts of the state.

Former President Barack Obama has announced his support for Democrat Andrew Gillum's bid in the Florida gubernatorial race along with endorsing Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson's re-election campaign.

Longtime Jacksonville Political Strategist Susie Wiles Takes Over Desantis Campaign

Sep 28, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

On her way Thursday morning to meet with the Ron DeSantis gubernatorial campaign in Orlando, Republican strategist Susie Wiles said she was ready to dive in a day after the former North Florida congressman asked her to join.

STEVE CANNON AND LYNNE SLADKY / Associated Press

With six weeks left before the gubernatorial election, Florida’s major candidates and their parties have been accusing each other of anti-Semitism.

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Democrat Andrew Gillum has a slight lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the upcoming Florida gubernatorial election while Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott are neck and neck in the Senate race, according to a new poll of likely voters from the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

Following his success in the August primary, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum says he believes he’ll win Duval County in the general election.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Andrew Pantazi of the Florida Times Union, blogger Fred Matthews, A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics and Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton.

Topics included,

Co-hosts Melissa Ross and Tom Hudson spoke about Tuesday’s Florida primary elections and what to expect as we head to November with Diane Roberts, author, professor and columnist at Flamingo Magazine and contributor at NPR, and Republican strategist Rick Wilson, author of the New York Times bestseller Everything Trump Touches Dies.  

Andrew Gillum
Andrew Gillum's Facebook page

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination for Florida Governor by well over 40,000 votes, and about half of those votes were cast in Jacksonville.

Steve Cannon and Lynne Sladky / AP

Wednesday on  First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski about the results of the Florida Primary Election including wins by Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis in the race for Governor (01:16).   

Gillum talking to group of people
Andrew Gillum, Democrat, for Governor

This is one of a series of profiles on the major candidates for Florida governor that we're running through the Aug. 28 primary election. 

Jane Fonda. Alec Baldwin. Tom Steyer. George Soros. Norman Lear.

The star-studded endorsements Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has snagged in his quest to become Florida’s first black governor go on and on, capped by progressive patriarch U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders Backs Andrew Gillum's Bid For Governor

Aug 1, 2018
City of Tallahassee and Wikimedia Commons

Throughout his bid for Florida governor, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has tried to appeal to the progressive voters who rallied behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ insurgent presidential campaign in 2016.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect in the wake of Wednesday night’s debate with the five major Democratic candidates for Governor we heard an update on how both the Democratic and Republican races are faring with FSCJ political science professor Daniel Cronrath (01:15).

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for Florida Governor Andrew Gillum said his life and elected experience makes him the most qualified candidate running for the position.

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