With time running out in this year’s primary election the candidates for governor will be making big pushes to try to win over voters. For Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, that means campaigning with Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders later this week with stops in Tampa and Orlando.
“As governor, Andrew Gillum will work to provide health care for all through a Medicare-for-All program, raise the minimum wage to a living wage, invest in sustainable energy, improve education, make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share of taxes, and be welcoming to immigrants,” Sanders said when he first endorsed Gillum in early August.
Sanders who is known for his progressive views has been embraced by Gillum, who has tried to distinguish himself as the most progressive candidate in the five-person Democratic field.
“Andrew has never backed down from a fight, including beating the NRA and standing up against xenophobic politicians. Andrew Gillum will set a new course for Florida — a governor who represents all the people and not just powerful special interests,” Sanders said.
“As Governor, I promise to get up every single day ready to fight for a state that puts working people first; that makes affordable health care a right for every Floridian; and a state that is powered by its people,” Gillum said in accepting Sanders endorsement a few weeks ago. “I’m proud to have his support.”
Sanders will attend a rally Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Armature Works — Gathering Room in Tampa and then travel to Orlando for a 2:00 p.m. rally at CFE Arena at UCF.
Recent polls have show Gwen Graham leading the Democratic filed in the primary race, followed by Philip Levine and Jeff Greene with Gillum following behind in fourth. Chris King comes in fifth.