Andrew Gillum is literally the only non-millionaire in his primary race.
“For us, we know that money doesn’t vote, people do,” he stated. “And if we get our people out there, that’s how we’re gonna win this race and take back this state for Democrats.”
At 23, Gillum was the youngest person ever elected to Tallahassee City Commission. He’s now the mayor of Florida’s capital city and is aiming to reform the area’s education system.
“We’re among the lowest starting salaries for teachers of any of the 50 states — 45th out of 50th,” he explained. “Our kids right now, about 40 percent are starting kindergarten not ready to learn. Nearly that same percentage by the time they get to 3rd grade are not on grade-level reading.”
The Florida gubernatorial race remains crowded after Governor Rick Scott announced he would seek a U.S. Senate seat. But Gillum is poised to be the candidate that advocates for working class constituents, supporting a $15 minimum wage and Medicare for all.
“People want to be respected for the work that they contribute,” he said. “I can’t tolerate, and I will not tolerate as governor you all having to be on this line by yourself.”