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Andrew Gillum


Mayor (Tallahassee, FL) - At-Large (2014 - Present)

Personal Details
Andrew Gillum is a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida in the 2018 election.

The Florida gubernatorial Democratic primary will decide which Democrat will run to succeed term-limited Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the November general election.

After serving as mayor and on the city council of Tallahassee since 2003, Andrew Gillum announced a run for governor and, according to USA Herald, is the "far-left choice" in the Democratic field. His campaign priorities are raising the state's corporate tax rate 2.25 percent to 7.75 percent and spending the revenue on education, raising the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour, and enacting a Medicare for All policy similar to what Bernie Sanders proposed on the national level. He also called for abolished the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency due to its actions under the Trump administration.

He was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, the progressive groups Democracy for America and Our Revolution, U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson, and former U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. Gillum's key constituency is racial minorities according to political scientist Susan MacManus. For more information about the Democratic primary election: Florida gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2018 (August 28 Democratic primary)

For more information about the general election on November 6, 2018: Florida gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2018

Born in Miami, Gillum moved to Gainesville at a young age. While a senior at Florida A&M University, Gillum was elected to the Tallahassee City Council. As of his entrance into the 2018 gubernatorial election, Gillum had remained active in Tallahassee politics ever since.


  • Bachelor's - Florida A&M University
Policy Positions



What is your stance on abortion?
- Pro-choice

Gun Control

Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?
- Yes

Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?
- Yes

LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?
- Yes

Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?
- Yes, and businesses should be required to publish their salary ranges for each position

Stay At Home Order

Should the government enforce a "stay-at-home" order to combat the coronavirus?
- Yes

Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?
- Yes

Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
- Yes

Trump Impeachment

Do you support the impeachment of President Donald Trump?
- Yes

Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?
- Yes, but only for deadly contagious diseases

Marital Rape

Should marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape?
- Yes, and consentual sex with a spouse under the age of 18 should be classified as statutory rape

Pre-Existing Conditions

Should health insurers be allowed to deny coverage to individuals who have a pre-existing condition?
- No

Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?
- Yes

Gun Buyback

Should the federal government institute a mandatory buyback of assault weapons?
- Yes

Religious Freedom Act

Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?
- No

Drug Price Regulation

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?
- Yes, and we should socialize medicine and healthcare

Gender Identity

Should "gender identity" be added to anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?
- No

Government Mandates

Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?
- Yes

Immigrant Children

Should adults that are illegally attempting to cross the U.S. border be separated from their children?
- No


Should the U.S. raise taxes on the rich?
- Yes

Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?
- Yes

Stay-At-Home Order

When should your state end the "Stay at Home" order and reopen its economy?
- Until a vaccine is approved by the FDA

Border Wall

Should the U.S. build a wall along the southern border?
- No

Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the United States?
- No

Student Loans

Do you support increasing taxes for the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?
- Yes

Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?
- Yes

Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?
- No, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?
- No, targeting Muslims is unconstitutional, racist, and incendiary

Free College for All

Should the federal government pay for tuition at four-year colleges and universities?
- Yes


Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission?
- Yes, gerrymandering gives an unfair advantage to the party in power during redistricting

Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?
- Yes, preventing women from serving in combat roles is discriminatory

Paid Sick Leave

Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?
- Yes


Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?
- No, the U.S. should encourage Iran to disarm through diplomatic channels

Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?
- Yes, if they pay taxes

No-Fly List Gun Control

Should people on the "no-fly list" be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?
- Yes, but not until the no-fly list screening process is improved for accuracy and includes due process


Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?
- Yes, if they were born here

Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?
- No

Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?
- Yes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

United Nations

Should the U.S. remain in the United Nations?
- Yes, and use the U.N. peacekeeping forces to protect our interests

Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?
- Yes

Foreign Lobbying

Should foreign lobbyists be allowed to raise money for American elections?
- No, foreign interests should not be able to buy the influence of our politicians


Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?
- Yes, but I prefer switching to a single payer healthcare system


Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?
- Yes

Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?
- Yes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruption


Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?
- Yes

Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?
- Yes

Corporate Tax

Should the U.S. raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?
- Keep current rates but eliminate deductions and loop holes

Illegal Immigrant Detainment

Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities?
- No, only if they are convicted of a violent crime

Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?
- Yes, politicians should not be bought by wealthy donors


Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?
- No, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?
- No, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

NSA Domestic Surveillance

Should the NSA (National Security Agency) be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations?
- No, only with a warrant showing probable cause of criminal activity

Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?
- Yes

Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?
- No, we should embrace the diversity that immigrants add to our country

Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?
- No, this is a violation of free speech

Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?
- Yes, create a simple path to citizenship for immigrants with no criminal record

Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?
- Yes

Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?
- Yes


1. Should the U.S. remain in NATO?
- Yes, but NATO should focus more on counter-terrorism strategies

Gun Liability

Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers?
- No, manufacturers and dealers should only be held liable for negligence

Alternative Energy

Should the government give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?
- Yes, the government should support more sustainable energy technologies

Military Congressional Approval

Should the President be able to authorize military force against Al-Qaeda without Congressional approval?
- No

Confederate Flag

Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property?
- No, it is a symbol of racism, separatism and treason

Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?
- No, only legal citizens should be allowed to vote


Do you support the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani?
- No


Should the military be allowed to use enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, to gain information from suspected terrorists?
- No, torture is inhumane, unethical, and violates the 8th amendment

In-State Tuition

Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?
- Yes, as long as they pay taxes

Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?
- No, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

Border Security

Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy?
- No, make it easier for immigrants to access temporary work visas

Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?
- Yes, this will prevent voter fraud

Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?
- No, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?
- No, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

Corporate Mega Mergers

Should the government prevent "mega mergers" of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?
- Yes, if the merged corporation would have more than 50% of the market share

Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?
- No

Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?
- Yes

Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?
- No

Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?
- No


Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?
- We should give equal support to Israel and Palestine.

Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?
- Yes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics


Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?
- Yes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?
- Yes

Paris Climate Agreement

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement?
- No

Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?
- No, and political campaigns should be publicly funded

Skilled Immigrants

Should the US increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?
- Increase, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest cost

Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?
- No

Medicaid Work Requirement

Should people be required to work in order to receive Medicaid?
- No, the vast majority of people who receive Medicaid are disabled

Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?
- Yes, everyone should receive an income to cover basic necessities including food and housing

Medicare Drug Prices

Should the federal government be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare?
- Yes

Safe Spaces

Should universities provide "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces" for students?
- Yes

Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?
- No, this is a violation of free speech


Should there be a 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials from becoming lobbyists after they leave the government?
- Yes, and ban all forms of lobbying

North Korea Military Strikes

Should the U.S. conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?
- No, we must use every diplomatic option first

Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?
- No, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote


Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?
- Fewer

Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?
- Help, but ban their ability to make political donations

Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?
- Yes, but only if releasing the information does not threaten our national security


Should the U.S. provide military aid to Saudi Arabia during its conflict with Yemen?
- No, and cut ties with Saudi Arabia until they end their human rights violations


Should women be allowed to wear a Niqab, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?
- Yes, we should respect all cultural traditions

Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?
- Decrease

Supreme Court Reform

Should the Supreme Court be reformed to include more seats and term limits on judges?
- Yes

Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?
- Yes, and we should create more social programs to help prevent and rehabilitate criminals

Free Tax Filing

Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?
- Yes

Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?
- Yes

Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?
- Yes

Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?
- Yes, I support the concept but not the current implementation

Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?
- No

First Amendment

Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments?
- Yes, but do not waste money removing existing references

Capital Gains Tax

Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?
- Yes

Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?
- Yes, but not for cosmetics

Safe Haven

Should cities open drug "safe havens" where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?
- Yes, drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?
- Yes

Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?
- Increase

ISIS Ground Troops

Should the U.S. send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS?
- No, conduct targeted airstrikes instead

Overtime Pay

Should the government require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours?
- Yes, and the government should do more to protect workers’ rights

Eminent Domain

Should the government be allowed to seize private property, with reasonable compensation, for public or civic use?
- Yes


Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?
- Yes


Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?
- Yes

Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?
- Yes, the government should intervene to boost a recovery

VA Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of veterans’ healthcare?
- Less

Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?
- No, this will disadvantage low income seniors whose life expectancy is lower than wealthier seniors

GMO Labels

Should producers be required to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs)?
- Yes

Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?
- Yes, but funding should come from states instead of the federal government

Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?
- Yes, except for felons convicted of murder or violent crimes


Should the United States pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?
- Yes

Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to the United States be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?
- Yes, unless they have committed an act of terrorism

Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?
- Yes, as long as it was not a felony, violent, financial, or sexual crime

Mandatory minimum prison sentences

Do you support mandatory minimum prison sentences for people charged with drug possession?
- No


Should the U.S. continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
- Yes, NAFTA helps lower the prices of consumer products

Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?
- No, and increase it at a progressive rate

Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?
- Yes, temporarily while we increase investment into cleaner renewable alternatives

Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?
- No, I do not believe in the death penalty

Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?
- Yes, and drastically increase NASA’s current budget

War on ISIS

Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS?
- No, we should not legitimize ISIS as a sovereign entity


Do you support President Obama’s move to lift the trade and travel embargo on Cuba?
- Yes


Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?
- No, a global free trade system is better for our businesses and consumers

China Tariffs

Should the U.S. increase tariffs on imported products from China?
- No


Should the U.S. provide military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia?
- No, we should pursue diplomatic options instead

Domestic Jobs

Should the President offer tax breaks to individual companies to keep jobs in the U.S.?
- No, but drastically increase taxes and import tariffs on outsourcing businesses

Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?
- No


1. Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?
- Yes, and refusing to defend other NATO countries sets a dangerous precedent for the balance of global power

Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?
- Yes, we deserve to know who the bank gives money to

Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?
- Yes, but only small local farms instead of large corporations

Property Taxes

Would you favor an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes?
- No, property taxes are the most reliable and consistent form of state revenue

NSA Surveillance

Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies?
- No, spying on our allies severely damages our reputation abroad

Offshore Banking

Should U.S. citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?
- No

Pension Reform

Should pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts?
- No, privately managed accounts will jeopardize the financial security of senior citizens

Edward Snowden

Should the U.S. government grant immunity to Edward Snowden?
- Yes, he should be protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act

Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?
- No, all airstrikes should be conducted through UN coordination

Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?
- Yes, but they must perform community service on a daily basis

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
- Yes

India Arms

Should the U.S. sell military weapons to India in order to counter Chinese and Russian influence?
- No, and we should increase diplomatic efforts to resolve conflicts peacefully

Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?
- Yes, adjust them yearly for cost of living

Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?
- Yes


Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?
- No

Online Sales Tax

Should an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers?
- Yes

School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?
- Yes

Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?
- No

Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?
- Yes, if the company promises to create new jobs by hiring local residents


Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?
- No, classify it as a commodity

State Ownership

Should the government acquire equity stakes in companies it bails out during a recession?
- No


Should the United States acquire Greenland?
- No

Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?
- No, not until the cost ($4B) is dramatically reduced

Sports Betting

Should sports betting be legal?
- Yes, but let each state decide



Jun. 26
Gillum, DNC, FDP Presidential Debate Watch Party!

Wed 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

Ampersand Studios Miami, FL

Mar. 8
Cocktails & Conversation with Tom Perez & Andrew Gillum

Fri 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM CST

Stereotype, 510 Rio Grande Street | Austin, TX

Nov. 6
Winning Ticket St. Pete GOTV Phone Bank

Tue 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST

2501 1st Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33713-8701, United States