ORLANDO, FL – Monday, Oct. 1, President Barack Obama endorsed Mayor Andrew Gillum to be the next governor of Florida. President Barack Obama recognized Mayor Andrew Gillum’s civic leadership and vision for Florida— providing Floridians with access to quality and affordable healthcare, ensuring our kids receive a strong education, and protecting Florida’s environment.
“Andrew is a proven fighter with the courage and determination to stand up for Florida families. As Governor, Andrew will expand access to affordable healthcare, protect Floridians with pre-existing conditions, invest in education, protect the environment and build an economy that works for all. Andrew believes that health-care is a right, not a privilege, and he will make expanding Medicaid a priority on day one as governor,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. “As Mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew developed a thriving innovation economy, grew work-force training programs, and built safe communities where our children can thrive — a strong record for which I named Tallahassee a TechHire city. As Governor, Andrew will fight to put the priorities of everyday people first.”
“It is truly an honor to receive the endorsement and sup-port of President Barack Obama. He exemplifies true patriotism and characterizes the American values that both the country and Florida are striving to recapture,” said Mayor Andrew Gillum. “As Governor, we’ll build on his legacy by making healthcare a right, not a privilege, investing in our children’s education, and protecting the environment for our future generation of Floridians.”
Mayor Gillum is running for governor to take back Florida for everyday working people who have struggled to get ahead under 20 years of Republican control. As Mayor, Andrew helped develop a thriving in-novation economy, beat the gun lobby in court to protect common sense gun safety laws and stood up to President Trump and Governor Rick Scott to defend immigrants. During Andrew Gillum’s tenure as Mayor, Tallahassee developed into the fastest growing economy per capita in Florida and violent crime rates lowered by more than 10 percent. As governor, Mayor Gillum intends on put-ting Floridians first by prioritizing access to affordable and quality health-care, investing in education, and ensuring Floridians have clean air and water.