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Jeff Clemens Backs Andrew Gillum for Governor

Incoming Florida Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, endorsed Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to be the Sunshine State’s next governor on Wednesday. 

Clemens, who represents part of Palm Beach County, announced his support for Gillum. 

“Andrew Gillum is a bold leader whose vision will transform Florida as our next governor, and I’m proud to endorse him,” Clemens said. “Andrew will prioritize the people we serve, not the privileged few who have had their way in Tallahassee for decades. Strong values like top-flight education for every child, an economy that works for workers as well as small business owners, and healthcare that protects the vulnerable by covering Floridians with pre-existing conditions.
 
“Florida deserves better, and Andrew is the best person to challenge the status quo,” Clemens added. “He won't stand for a budget that ranks 43rd in education funding or 50th in mental health spending, while big corporations get tax breaks. Andrew knows we can do better, and I have confidence he will make the Legislature do its job.”
 
“It’s an honor to receive Leader Designate Jeff Clemens’ endorsement,” Gillum said. “He is a true champion for Florida’s working people, and as a former Mayor, he knows the critical importance of building strong communities everywhere in Florida. I look forward to working with him to build an economy that serves all Floridians - not the special interests.”

Gillum faces former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Orlando businessman Chris King in the Democratic primary. Other possible Democratic candidates include attorney John Morgan and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. 

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