FLORIDA — The Working Families Party today announced its endorsement of Andrew Gillum for the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Aug. 28.
“Andrew Gillum is an inspiring progressive leader who is putting forward a platform to ensure Florida works for all its people, not just a wealthy few,” said Joe Dinkin, spokesperson for the Working Families Party. “As Mayor, Gillum has worked stood up for good jobs and higher wages, immigrants’ rights and criminal justice reform. He believes everyone should chance to thrive, no matter who they are or where they come from. As Governor, would improve the lives of millions of Floridians, and we’re proud to support him.”
The Working Families Party endorsement is a “seal of approval” for progressive voters. The WFP will mobilize its grassroots supporter base to volunteer for Gillum in the days leading up to the election. The national political organization’s endorsement of Gillum comes just days after it helped Stacey Abrams score a larger-than-expected victory in Georgia’s gubernatorial primary by contacting 200,000 voters through phone-banking, door-knocking, email and text messaging.
“I’m proud to have the Working Families Party’s endorsement in our race to take Florida back for working people,” said Mayor Gillum. “For too long the well-heeled special interests have run roughshod over everyday people, and in 2018 we’re going to finally put a stop to it. I’m running for Governor to make this a better state for millions of people like my parents, who got up every single day and worked hard to keep a roof over our heads.”
As Mayor of Tallahassee, Gillum implemented a comprehensive training program to help underrepresented workers get good-paying jobs, enacted a “ban the box” law, protected immigrant communities from the Trump Administration, and worked to reduce carbon emissions. He’s running on a platform of a $15 statewide minimum wage, increasing funding for public schools by raising taxes on Florida’s richest corporations, and universal healthcare. Gillum was the first in his immediate family to graduate high school and college.
The Working Families Party is a national political organization that recruits, trains, and elects the next generation of progressive leaders to office. The WFP plans to work in more than 1,000 races this year, large and small, in an effort to elect more progressive leaders and end Republican control of Congress and in state houses.
WFP’s priorities include marquee candidates like Randy Bryce, the union ironworker and WFP member challenging Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin, Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia, Chris Giunchigliani for Governor of Nevada and Ben Jealous for Governor of Maryland, as well as many more state legislative and local races around the nation. WFP candidates have already won early 2018 primaries against machine Democrats in Chicago, defeated a big-spending political establishment in Milwaukee, and won congressional primaries in West Virginia, Indiana, and Nebraska.
In 2017, the Working Families Party backed 1036 candidates across 23 states, and won in nearly 2/3rds of its races. The party was active in many of he most notable progressive victories across the South, including helping to elect Randall Woodfin Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama; Chowke Lumumba, the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi; Latoya Cantrell, Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana; Vy Lyles, the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina and others.