Andrew Demese Gillum (born July 26, 1979) is an American government official who has filled in as Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, since 2014. He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida in the 2018 race. He beforehand served on the Tallahassee City Commission from 2003 to 2014; first chose at 23 years old, he was the city’s most youthful magistrate.
In 2018, Gillum progressed toward becoming the Florida Democratic Party’s chosen one for Governor of Florida when he prevailed upon the Democratic essential race a field of five different hopefuls including previous U.S. Representative Gwen Graham and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. He contended against Republican U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis in the general election.
Gillum has been delegated a progressive, and is viewed as a legislator in the form of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the most astounding positioning chosen authority to help his essential appointment.
Gillum at last lost the gubernatorial race to Donald Trump-backed Ron DeSantis.
Early life and training
Gillum was conceived in Miami and raised in Gainesville. He is the fifth of seven youngsters destined to Charles and Frances Gillum, individually a development specialist and a school transport driver. Gillum graduated from Gainesville High School in 1998 and was perceived by the Gainesville Sun as one of the city’s “people of the year”. He at that point moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) to major in political science.
Gillum filled in as leader of the FAMU Student Government Association from 2001– 2002 and was the primary understudy individual from the FAMU Board of Trustees. He was perceived by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as “rising pioneer for 2003”. Gillum was likewise a board individual from the Black Youth Vote Coalition, a program of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation in Washington, D.C.. Gillum was chosen to the Tallahassee City Commission preceding the consummation of his school ponders.
City of Tallahassee Commissioner
In 2003, matured 23, Gillum was chosen to the Tallahassee City Commission for a one-year term, turning into the most youthful individual to be chosen to the commission. Gillum was a political theory understudy at FAMU when he was chosen.
He was thusly chosen to an entire four-year term, in 2004, collecting 72 percent of the vote, and was reelected in 2008 and again in 2012.
Gillum served a one-year term as Mayor Pro Tem from November 10, 2004 through November 9, 2005. The joint collection of City and County Commissioners, known as the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency, chosen him to fill in as their director for a year (January 2005 through December 2005). Gillum has likewise filled in as lead official for the Long Range Community Based Target Issue Committee.
In 2005, Gillum was one of the magistrates who casted a ballot to give themselves another retirement advantage through deferred pay. The strategy was later revoked by the Commission after open shock.
City of Tallahassee ventures
Amid his eleven years as a city official Gillum advocated various network advancement projects.The Digital Harmony Project is an activity advocated by Gillum with help from the City of Tallahassee, neighborhood organizations and innovation associations. Computerized Harmony won the Significant Achievement Award in the Web and e-Government Services class from the Public Technology Institute.
For the initial two years, it gave each approaching Nims Middle School 6th and seventh-grader with another work station, free web get to and online scholarly educational modules preparing on center subjects. The school holds continuous instructional classes for guardians and understudies on essential PC abilities and school educational modules. This exertion places 200 PCs into the homes of Nims Middle School understudies.
Gillum supported the opening of the primary Tallahassee Teen Center, The Palmer Munroe Center, which fills in as a place of refuge for some region youth and works a restorative justice program. Restorative equity programs have indicated noteworthy achievement, contrasted with non-remedial measures, in enhancing unfortunate casualty or potentially wrongdoer fulfillment, expanding guilty party consistence with compensation, and diminishing the recidivism of offenders. Gillum focused on these outcomes as a portion of the purposes behind the extraordinary significance of the Palmer Munroe Center.
Gillum upheld the city’s improvement venture of Cascades Park, situated in downtown Tallahassee. The recreation center was worked in 2013 and serves as a tempest water administration office, shielding nearby neighborhoods from flooding.