It’s a family affair: Andrew Gillum fundraiser in Jacksonville Thursday

Pat Gillum Sams

A Jacksonville fundraiser for the gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Andrew Gillum is slated for Thursday evening, allowing Duval donors to help “bring it home.”

For those on a budget, no worries: The cover charge for the event, which starts at 6 p.m. at WJCT, is a mere $75 — hardly George Soros or Tom Steyer money, in other words.

“For a small donation of $75, there will be music, beer and wine, local cuisine from 8 local chefs, and a guest speaker. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Gillum campaign,” the event notice asserts.

That guest speaker knows the candidate very well: Gillum’s paternal aunt, Patricia Gillum Sams.

Gillum Sams has managed the diversity program at Jacksonville’s local utility JEA since 2011. In that role, she is “in-house consultant and strategic partner to management and a diversity change agent for an organization of 2,000+ employees.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Gillum himself will be in Jacksonville Friday morning for his grandmother’s funeral.

As the Miami Herald reported this week, Elizabeth Gillum died Sunday at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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