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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum joins 2018 race for Florida governor

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-26 16:16:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for Florida governor, becoming the first of an expected onslaught of candidates hoping to replace Republican Gov. Rick Scott following the 2018 election.

Gillum made his announcement Wednesday through a biographical video posted on social media that highlights his working class upbringing in a low-income neighborhood of Miami. If elected, the 37-year-old would be the state's first black governor.

Gillum was a 23-year-old Florida A&M student when he became the youngest person to be elected to the Tallahassee city commission in 2003. He was elected mayor in 2014.

Scott was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He cannot seek a third term in office due to term limits.

Story updated to clarify Gillum was elected mayor in 2014.

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