WENDY PARKULO / NEWS TEAM
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announced yesterday that he plans to run for governor in the 2018 election. The thirty-seven year old publicized his candidacy by releasing a YouTube video entitled “Bring it Home” in which he discusses his plan for Florida’s future. Gillum spoke optimistically stating that, “As governor of Florida, I can’t wait to invest the kind of resources to build the infrastructure of this state that makes us a 21st century state.” Additionally he mentioned the importance he wants to place on education because he believes access to quality education can completely change people’s lives. In this video he also spoke of his background growing up in the Richmond Heights neighborhood of Miami. He is one of seven children raised by a mother who worked as a city bus driver. He graduated from FAMU and became the youngest person elected to the Tallahassee city commission at 23. He is married and has twin three year olds. So far he is the only person who has announced their candidacy for governor. Many people have encouraged him to run and he made indications of serious consideration over the past year. He made himself more well-known within his party by speaking at the Democratic National Convention this past year. With Rick Scott reaching a term limit making him unable to run for reelection this upcoming race for Florida governor will be one to watch.