Andrew Gillum to campaign in targeted legislative districts throughout Florida in 2020

Democrat Andrew Gillum is shown in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 11, 2018. His PAC is supporting Democratic state House candidates for 2020. Credit: Joe Skipper/Getty Images

Andrew Gillum and his political committee, Forward Florida, are hitting the ground running ahead of the new year to try to flip the Florida House blue.

According to a press release from his PAC, the former Tallahassee mayor and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate will travel to districts across Florida to campaign with Democratic candidates running for the Legislature in 2020.

“I’m thrilled to be supporting fantastic candidates all across Florida and to be working on building lasting Democratic infrastructure in this state,” Gillum said in a written statement.

Gillum is targeting nine state House districts that he carried in his 2018 gubernatorial race, he said.

Forward Florida contributed $150,000 to the House Victory Committee, an arm of the Florida Democratic Party, to flip these key state House districts in the 2020 elections, according to a Tampa Bay Times report in November.

Gillum is set to hit the campaign trail in January and February. And despite legal woes including a federal subpoena, Gillum is continuing his voter registration campaign, as well. A federal grand jury is looking into Forward Florida, Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign, and associated non-profit groups. Forward Florida has publicly denied any illegal activity.

Gillum’s goals are to increase voter registration among minority and young voters and reengage voters to win back Democratic control of the Republican-dominated Legislature.

He has endorsed 21 state legislative candidates so far, the Florida Phoenix previously reported. These candidates will draw a financial contribution toward their campaign and additional support, he said.

One of those candidates is Rep. Cindy Polo, won her seat in 2018 by a razor-thin margin and is running for reelection in 2020. She represents parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

“We flipped House District 103 last year because the voters knew it was time to give a voice to all, and not just some,” Polo said in a written statement. “In 2020, I’m making it known that my seat is taken, and that together, we can flip the Florida House.”