Andrew Gillum off campaign trail through Wednesday
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, will remain off the campaign trail until at least Wednesday while his community recovers from Hurricane Michael. That means the first gubernatorial debate will be cancelled.
“I’m as eager to get back out there talking to folks,” Gillum said in a Facebook message to supporters. “I still believe in the possibilities that lie ahead to transform our state… But we’ve got to get this job done here first.”
Gillum was set to appear at a Telemundo debate with Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis on Tuesday in Orlando.
Gillum noted the Tallahassee City Commission will hold a meeting on Wednesday evening. By that point, Gillum said officials hope to restore power for 90 percent of city residents. But right now, the city remains heavily impacted by the storm.
“My first priority, my first job,” Gillum said, “is to be the mayor and to do that job as effectively as I can. To that end, we’re still here in Tallahassee and not able to get back on the trail yet.”
Gillum spokesman Geoff Burgan announced the news on Saturday afternoon.
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