Andrew Gillum: The Floridian Pioneering for Change

Gubernatorial candidate for the state of Florida, Andrew Gillum.

Congratulations are in order for Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. On August 28, 2018, Gillum secured his spot as the Democratic Party's nominee for Florida's governorship. Keep reading for more information on Gillum's historic run.

Andrew Gillum has made history as the first African-American nominee for the governorship of the State of Florida. However, his days as a trailblazer began long before his current gubernatorial bid. Gillum was born and raised in Florida, and he is an alumnus of the historic FAMU (Florida A&M University). During his time at FAMU, Gillum had already began his journey of excellence.

Gillum's interest in government is flame that was ignited quite some time ago. While attending FAMU, Gillum served as President of the FAMU Student Government Association. Surely, this was an early indication of what was to come. He also broke down barriers by becoming the first student member of the FAMU Board of Trustees.

Since his days in student government, Gillum has transitioned into state and local politics. In 2003, at the age of 23, Gillum was elected as a Tallahassee city commissioner. He is the youngest person to be elected into that position. Gillum spent 10 years as a city commissioner before announcing his campaign for Mayor of Tallahassee. He assumed the office of Mayor of Tallahassee in the fall of 2014.

The Gillum Family

In addition to being a political trailblazer, Andrew Gillum is also a husband and a father. He is married to R. Jai Gillum, a fellow FAMU alum, and together the couple has three young children. The couple first met through their involvement in FAMU's student government. However, the two did not begin dating until several years after their initial interaction.

Mrs. Gillum, like her husband, is involved in work that helps make a difference in the lives of others. Mrs. Gillum works as an executive director at the United Way of Big Bend. As executive director of "The BEST Project" she helps individuals and families gain and maintain financial stability. Their services include, but are not limited to, employment services, volunteer income tax services, as well as credit and debt counseling. Community improvement is a worthy cause that the Gillums have dedicated themselves to fulfilling.

Andrew Gillum, with the support of his family, friends, and constituents, has made history in the State of Florida. In the primary, he defeated the projected nominee, former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham. In November, he will face off against Republican nominee Ronald DeSantis. If elected Gillum will make history again as the first African-American Governor of Florida. Congratulations to the Gillum campaign, and stay tuned in to UHN as we follow the Florida gubernatorial race!


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