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Gwen Graham picks up Tampa Bay endorsements for governor

By Adam Smith
Former congresswoman Gwen Graham, a Democratic candidate for governor, addresses the media in Tallahassee on Thursday. [ADAM C. SMITH | Times]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham of Tallahassee announced endorsements from three prominent Tampa Bay Democrats in her primary campaign against Andrew Gillum, Chris King, and Philip Levine.

From her release:

In dedicating themselves to improving their communities, these leaders have seen firsthand how 20 years of one-party, Republican rule in Tallahassee has harmed Florida families across our state,"Graham said. "As governor, I will stand with them in fighting for our values. We will restore our promise to public schools, protect our clean land and water, and create an economy that works for every Floridian."

Jim Davis, former Florida House majority leader, congressman and candidate for governor, said, "As a mother, PTA president and former public school official, Gwen Graham has the experience and bold ideas Florida needs to improve education. Leading negotiations between her local school district and teachers, Gwen showed she has the skills to break through arguments and bring people together to support students. As governor, she will end high-stakes testing, pay teachers what they deserve and ensure every Florida child has access to a quality public education."

Dwight Dudley, former Pinellas County representative, said, "After 20 years of Republican rule, we need a governor who will stand up to special interests — and Gwen Graham will be that governor. In Congress, she stood up to Wall Street and voted to protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As governor, she'll stand up to the utility companies and protect Floridians from paying for plants that are never built."

Karl Nurse, St Petersburg city councilman, said, "Gwen Graham understands Florida is the best state in the country because of our environment and wonderful natural treasures. In Congress, she led the bipartisan fight to ban oil drilling off our beaches. Gwen has fought alongside local governments to protect our clean water from fracking. And she will finally use Florida Forever funds how voters intended, to preserve sensitive lands. I'm supporting Gwen Graham for governor to protect our clean air, land and water, today, and for generations to come."