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Andrew Gillum announces a dozen endorsements from local leaders

Add a dozen more local government officials to the list of Floridians backing Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for governor.

Gillum’s campaign announced 12 new local endorsements, bringing the total number of endorsements to nearly 20 in the month since he announced his 2018 gubernatorial bid. In a joint statement released by the Gillum campaign, elected officials said they were backing Gillum because he “has the experience and vision to make life better for every one of our constituents.”

“Mayor Gillum has made Tallahassee a great place to raise a family, start a business, and put children on the path to success,” they said in a joint statement Monday. “We enthusiastically endorse him and look forward to sharing his experience and vision with our constituents.”

The following elected officials supported Gillum Monday:

— Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle Rogers

— West Park Mayor Eric Jones

— Lake Wales Mayor Eugene Fultz

— West Park Vice Mayor Brian Johnson

— St. Petersburg Council Vice Chair Lisa Wheeler Bowman

— Gainesville Commissioner Harvey Ward

— Fort Myers Councilwoman Teresa Watkins Brown

— Riviera Beach Commissioner Tonya Davis Johnson

— West Park Commissioner Felicia Brunson

— Panama City Commissioner Kenneth Brown

— North Bay Village Commissioner Andreana Jackson

Gillum has already received the backing of Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, Osceola County Commissioner Viviana Janer, Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, Gainesville Commissioner Adrian Hayes-Santos, Rep. Loranne Ausley, and Rep. Ramon Alexander.

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