Florida’ event kicks off Andrew Gillum’s candidacy for governor – Florida News

Florida’ event kicks off Andrew Gillum’s candidacy for governor – Florida News


Brianna Milord, Assistant News Editor

1:25 p.m. ET March 19, 2017

“Let’s bring it home.”

The mantra rung through the crowd at Kleman Plaza in Downtown Tallahassee on the morning of Mar. 4; a crowd that held signs and chanted in anticipated to hear the official announcement of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s candidacy for the Governor of Florida.

Gillum walked into the group of supporters, community members, students, fellow government officials, former teachers, friends and family, greeting them with hugs and handshakes. The event commemorated a moment that Gillum called the “take back of Florida” after a 20-year Republican overhaul of legislation that left jobs, education and opportunity on shaky ground, according to the gubernatorial candidate.

He began his speech with a prayer and a story about his life growing up, explaining that running for governor was an audacious dream after the childhood life he lived. Gillum recalls a childhood where both parents were working class, his father a construction worker and mother as a school bus driver and a dry cleaner.

It was up to Gillum’s grandmother to prepare him and his siblings for school, where she told him, “boy, go to school, mind your teachers, get your lesson and one day bring it home.”

It is this message that Gillum credits…

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