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Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan backs Andrew Gillum for governor

Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan has thrown her support behind Andrew Gillum.

Jordan’s endorsement marks the first South Florida endorsement for the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2018 gubernatorial bid. The announcement comes just days after Reps. Ramon Alexander and Loranne Ausley announced they were backing his 2018 run.

“I’m proud to endorse Andrew Gillum as the right choice for Governor in 2018 – not just for my constituents in South Florida but for people all over our state who are struggling to make ends meet. His story of growing up in Miami and his family choosing between which bills to pay mirrors the struggles too many families face today,” said Jordan in a statement. “His people-centric campaign is just what we need to help working Floridians earn better-paying jobs and help more of our students either find a quality career, or go on to college without being crushed by student loan debt. He has walked the walk on issues that lift people up in their everyday lives, and it’s an honor to stand with a champion like Andrew.”

Gillum said he was honored to have Jordan’s endorsement, and said she has been “fighting her entire career for the working-class people like my family.”

Since announcing his run earlier this month, Gillum’s campaign has had a few bumps along the way. Last week, Tallahassee State Attorney Jack Campbell has asked the county sheriff to investigate whether Gillum improperly used city-owned software to send campaign emails.

Gillum has said he was certain there are no grounds for further action, saying he apologized and reimbursed the city for the expense of the software.

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