Andrew Gillum, 39-year-old, FAMU alumnus could be Florida’s first black governor

Andrew Gillum, 39-year-old, and a graduate of a Historically Black University, Florida A&M University, could make history by becoming Florida's first black governor if he wins the state primary election in November. He was also the first black Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Florida's history.

Last night, Gillum won Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary. His victory was a complete shock and surprise considering that his name barely appeared on any public opinion polls before Tuesday’s primary. Among a total of seven candidates, Gillum defeated some well-known, well-seasoned and highly favored politicians. He won out over Gwen Graham, a former member of Congress, the daughter of a former governor and senator, and the presumed Democratic frontrunner; former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine; and Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene. He will face Republican Ron DeSantis in November’s general election. DeSantis is Trump-endorsed and Gillum is backed by Senator Bernie Sanders.

Who is Andrew Gillum?

Growing up as the fifth of seven children to a mother who drove school buses and whose father was a construction worker; Gillum is the first in his family to graduate both high school and college. While attending Historically Black University Florida A&M University, he became the youngest person in history elected to Tallahassee City Commission, before being elected as Tallahassee Mayor in 2014. “He lives with his wife R. Jai and their three children in Tallahassee, Florida,” according to his campaign website. Gillum became Tallahassee’s mayor in 2014 after first being elected to the Tallahassee City Commission as a college student.

Gillum has proposed hiking the state’s corporate tax rate to fund education, raising its minimum wage to $15, and he endorsed a medicare-for-all single-payer health care system at the national level.

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