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Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida endorses Andrew Gillum

Gillum gets a couple key endorsements ahead of tonight's Democratic gubernatorial debate.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks at the meeting of the Tiger Bay Club at the Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee on May 31, 2017.  (Hali Tauxe/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks at the meeting of the Tiger Bay Club at the Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee on May 31, 2017. (Hali Tauxe/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
Published Jul. 18, 2018

The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida has picked its candidate for governor: Andrew Gillum.

The group announced its endorsement in a Wednesday afternoon release, just hours before the five Democratic candidates for governor are set to debate in Fort Myers.

Read more about the debate here.

"His personal story, progressive activism, and professional accomplishments set him apart from an impressive field of Democratic candidates," Susan Smith, President of the Caucus, wrote in the release.

Smith wrote that her group, which is an officially chartered caucus of the Florida Democratic Party, supports the Tallahassee Mayor's stances on gun control, raising the minimum wage, immigration and health care.

Read more about where Gillum stands on those issues here:

Health care

Immigration

Minimum wage

Gun control

The endorsement came just a day after Gillum nabbed another prominent endorsement, from Aramis Ayala, Florida's first elected African-American state attorney.

And Wednesday Gillum also gained the first ever endorsement from the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Gillum is running against Chris King, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Jeff Greene for the Democratic nomination for governor. The primary is August 28.