FLIC Votes Endorses Mayor Andrew Gillum for Florida Governor
FLORIDA — In its very first candidate endorsement, FLIC Votes endorses Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for the 2018 Florida governor’s race. This year’s gubernatorial race might be the state’s most critical race, and Gillum has continually stood on the side of immigrants. When Miami-Dade County became the first metro area to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers after Trump signed an executive order threatening jurisdictions, Gillum publicly spoke out against Mayor Carlos Gimenez. He stood with our members who went on a hunger strike to protest the decision. And Andrew Gillum stood up to Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran after he released a racist ad depicting immigrants as criminals, challenging Corcoran to a debate regarding his now defeated HB9 bill, which would have criminalized immigrant families across the state.
Gillum’s words and actions have shown him to be an empathetic leader who has supported policies that elevate and protect our communities. Gillum has also expressed enthusiastic support for the Second Chances campaign, which would restore the right to vote to over 1.4 million Floridians who have been disenfranchised due to prior felony convictions. Gillum understands the importance of this campaign on a personal level, as his own brothers are returning citizens who would benefit from Second Chances. Florida needs a Governor who understands the issues that everyday Floridians are facing and who is willing to take bold actions to stand up for them.
The following is a statement from Mayor Andrew Gillum, Florida candidate for governor:
“In 2018, immigrants are under attack, and they need a Governor to stand in the gap for them. I’m deeply honored to receive the endorsement of FLIC Votes in our race to take back Florida and make it a place where everyone is welcome — no matter what they look like. I’m running for Governor to help every Florida family have access to the same opportunities my siblings and I had, and the Florida Immigrant Coalition will be an integral partner in that fight when I’m Governor.”
The following is a statement from Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of FLIC Votes:
“Once you meet Andrew Gillum, you are impressed not by his millions, but by his manner. His willingness to stand with the most marginalized and exploited, while building unity, speaks to his courage and commitment to our shared values. FLIC Votes joins the growing momentum towards victory, not just for Andrew Gillum as the most likely governor representing the interest of all the people, but for the energizing impact his candidacy will have with disenchanted voters to come out and revive our ailing democracy for the benefit of all Floridians.”
The following is a statement from former State Senator Dwight Bullard, FLIC Votes board member:
“Andrew Gillum’s commitment to make Florida a welcoming place for all people regardless of race, creed or national origin has extended past his candidacy for Governor. He understands more than his counterparts that Florida can only be as good as it’s treatment of others and that is why I was happy to support his endorsement by FLIC Votes.”
Florida’s Democratic primary will take place August 28, 2018 and the general election on November 6, 2018. Make your heard voice heard and VOTE!
FLIC Votes seeks to expand democracy by shaping an active and conscious electorate which reflects the diversity of Florida.