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Gillum Launches Gubernatorial Run

Republicans targeted him for using state resources to campaign.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 1, 2017, 10:22 a.m.

Tal­l­a­hassee May­or An­drew Gil­lum (D) “an­nounced his run for gov­ernor this morn­ing in an in­tensely per­son­al You­Tube video touch­ing on his own bio­graphy and the struggles he faced grow­ing up.” He is “the first ma­jor can­did­ate of­fi­cially run­ning for Flor­ida gov­ernor in 2018, though he’s ex­pec­ted to face a for­mid­able field of chal­lengers in the Demo­crat­ic primary.” (Tal­l­a­hassee Demo­crat)

Gil­lum was “in New York this week meet­ing with ‘a num­ber of pro­spect­ive donors and sup­port­ers.’” (Flor­ida Polit­ics)

“Gil­lum, 37, will serve out his term as may­or but not seek re-elec­tion to the post. Gil­lum was elec­ted may­or in 2014 after serving more than a dec­ade on the City Com­mis­sion.” (Tal­l­a­hassee Demo­crat)

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS WANNA GET­TIM. “On the eve of his planned an­nounce­ment that he’ll run for gov­ernor, … Gil­lum pub­licly apo­lo­gized for his of­fice’s use of tax­pay­er fun­ded soft­ware that in­cluded his cam­paign’s post of­fice box, polit­ic­al lo­gos and an in­vit­a­tion to an ap­pear­ance in Tal­l­a­hassee by then-Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden.” (Tal­l­a­hassee Demo­crat)

“[A] 5:47-minute bio­graph­ic­al video his cam­paign pos­ted on You­Tube might run afoul of a state elec­tion law. … Un­der Flor­ida stat­ute, a po­ten­tial can­did­ate is gen­er­ally pro­hib­ited from ac­cept­ing polit­ic­al con­tri­bu­tions or mak­ing ex­pendit­ures for a fu­ture cam­paign un­til that per­son has opened a cam­paign ac­count. Gil­lum filed his pa­per­work at 4:30 p.m. Tues­day. But the pro­fes­sion­ally pro­duced video was made well be­fore that.” (Politico)

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