Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum announced today he is running for governor in 2018.
The 37-year-old Democrat from Tallahassee is expected to join a growing list of names seeking to replace Gov. Rick Scott, who will not seek reelection in 2018 because of term limits.
Gillum announced his candidacy in a documentary-type video Wednesday. In the campaign video, he speaks about growing up as one of seven children to his father, a construction worker, and his mother, a city bus driver.
Gillum, a rising star in the Democratic Party, has served as mayor Tallahassee since 2014. Last year, he was tapped by the Clinton campaign to speak at the Democratic National Convention.
Gillum will likely join former Democratic Northwest Florida congresswoman Gwen Graham in the race for governor. Graham, the daughter of popular democratic governor Bob Graham, announced last year that she was “seriously considering” a run for the state office.
Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan is also considered a possible candidate. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has also been seriously considering a run in 2018.
Outside groups are expecting upwards of $150 million to be spent in the general election.
There has not been a successful candidate for governor from the panhandle since Democrat Reubin Askew in 1970.