Governor
Democratic

Andrew Gillum

  • Age: 39
  • City: Tallahassee
  • Family: Married, three children
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Bachelor of arts, Florida A&M University (2003)
    • Recent job: Mayor, City of Tallahassee (2014-present)
  • Mayor, City of Tallahassee (2014-present)
  • Commissioner, City of Tallahassee (2003-2014)
  • State director, People for the American Way Foundation (2006-2008)
  • Previous races

    Won
    Lost

    Commissioner, City of Tallahassee (2003-14)

    Mayor, City of Tallahassee (2014-present)

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    I’m proud to be the most viable progressive candidate for Governor in Florida’s history. As a product of working class parents and Florida’s public schools, my lived experience is more reflective of the average Floridian’s than anyone else running. My service in public office is shaped by my values. That's why I support Medicare-for-All, a constitutional right to healthcare, raising the state corporate tax to generate $1 billion for public schools, a $15 minimum wage, a $50,000 starting teacher salary, an economy that works for all, and a state that respects everyone.
    Explain your position on Medicaid expansion.
    I believe that healthcare is a fundamental right — not a privilege. Despite progress made through the ACA, too many Floridians remain uninsured. Drawing down billions in federal funds to expand Medicaid would provide coverage for 1 million working Floridians most in need. Because I believe everyone deserves access to affordable healthcare, I also support Medicare-for-All, will defend funding for KidCare, and am the only candidate to propose a comprehensive series of state healthcare protections.
    Do you support the current state ban on local gun control measures?
    Explain your position on local gun control measures.
    This is personal. I'm the only candidate to be sued by the gun lobby twice and win twice — all because I refused to repeal a local firearm law banning the shooting of guns in city parks where kids play and families picnic. State preemption laws have gone too far. As Governor, I'll fight to rescind the state ban on common-sense local firearm ordinances — and I'll push to ban assault-style weapons, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines.
    Do you believe sea-level rise threatens Florida?
    Explain your position on sea-level rise threatening Florida.
    Florida is a peninsula — we're literally surrounded by water on three sides. It doesn't take a scientist to see that sea level rise, salt water intrusion, and climate change pose an enormous threat to Floridians' lives and billions in property. As Governor, I'll make sure we have climate and sea level rise policy based on science and written by scientists — not industry lobbyists. And I'll push for a new clean energy economy, with solar and renewable energy jobs that can't be outsourced.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws ban assault weapons?
    Prohibit certain models of guns, as was done with the 1994 federal assault weapons ban and Gov. Mitt Romney's legislation in Massachusetts.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws ban bump stocks?
    Prohibit devices that allow weapons to fire artificially fast, similar to fully automatic fire. The Las Vegas gunman used these devices.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws OK broad concealed carry?
    Allow weapons to be carried in places including businesses, schools, parks, churches and bars.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws allow open carry?
    Allow guns to be openly carried.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws bar sales under age 21?
    No one 20 or younger could buy a handgun or rifle
    Should gun rights and gun control laws arm teachers?
    Allow schools to decide whether to allow trained and certified teachers and other staff members on campus to carry weapons
    Should gun rights and gun control laws allow local licensing?
    Allow communities to set their own rules for firearms and conduct background screenings, with approval from the police chief or sheriff
    Should gun rights and gun control laws require background checks?
    Private gun sales aren't required to go through background checks. Some governments require the same sort of checks that are now done by gun dealers. This is often called the gun show loophole.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws mandate training?
    Require an initial or periodic gun safety training that covers use and storage.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws require safe storage?
    Allow criminal charges to be filed if firearms are not kept locked up.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws take guns from mentally ill?
    Remove guns from people who show signs of mental illness, as Florida's new Marjory Stoneman Douglas school safety bill allowed.
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