State Rep. Al Jacquet on Monday announced his support of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for governor in 2018.
“Andrew brings a fresh perspective, energetic spirit, and the bold leadership our state desperately needs in order to best address our economic issues,” said Jacquet, a Lantana Democrat. “We are the third-largest state in America, and yet our economy has failed to produce enough good paying jobs.
“It’s time to stand up to special interests whose only concern has been filling their own pockets,” added Jacquet, an attorney who speaks four languages and has served as vice mayor of Delray Beach.
Gillum, also a Democrat, said he was “excited to have” Jacquet’s endorsement.
“Al has been working hard in the legislature to raise wages for workers and ensure equal treatment for all,” Gillum said in a statement. “Palm Beach County and all of Florida cannot afford more of the same in the Governor’s Mansion—we need to increase wages and invest in training workers for the good-paying jobs available today.”
Jacquet’s support adds to recent endorsements from U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, and state Sen. Jeff Clemens.