Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Democratic Party, set sights on minority and young voters in 2020

Andrew Gillum
Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum.

The Democratic Party wants to flip the Florida Legislature blue ahead of next year’s elections, challenging the GOP-controlled House.

Andrew Gillum, the Florida gubernatorial candidate in 2018, will be pushing that initiative.

He made an announcement Thursday that he’ll be leading efforts to reengage voters in 2020.

That means targeting those voters who may have skipped the last election, Gillum said. He also noted that “vote by mail” is a major component to getting more Floridians registered to vote.

“I saw the success of that [vote by mail] in the 2018 election,” Gillum said. “This means organizing earlier and engaging earlier [with young and minority voters].”

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo has partnered with the former Tallahassee mayor, focusing voter outreach on people of color and young voters – which would be key to winning an election.

“We are working hard to strengthen voters of color, visiting black churches.. attending townhalls across the state, to ensure they have the tools they need to vote,” she said. Rizzo also was on the press call.

“We need to ensure that communities of color also have the resources that they need to vote by enrolling voters in the vote by mail program,” Rizzo said via Twitter, following the call.

To continue his grassroots efforts in increasing voter registration, Gillum plans to host a fundraising event in Palm Beach County in January, according to a press release. State House Democrats (no names have been released) will join him at the event.

Gillum launched Forward Florida, an organization dedicated to increasing voter registration, following his loss to Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election.

Issac Morgan
Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.