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Andrew Gillum’s campaign touting more than 7,000 donors

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Andrew Gillum is staking claim to the broadest base of campaign donors.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s campaign is reporting Friday it has topped the 7,000 donor mark for $1.2 million in total contributions.

The Tallahassee mayor is running against two other major candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.

That means Gillum’s official campaign and his unofficial political committee Forward Florida brought in about $150,000 from roughly 1,400 donors in May.

Gillum faces former Congresswoman Gwen Graham of Tallahassee and Winter Park affordable housing developer Chris King for the Democratic nomination.

The leading Republican is Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, whose official and unofficial committees have raised far more than those three Democrats combined.

Geoff Burgan, Gillum’s communication director, said May was a big month, even as his candidate took time off as he and his wife R. Jai Gillum welcomed their third child, Davis Allen Gillum, born May 15.

“Our campaign was thrilled for the mayor’s family to welcome their third child last month, and he took some well-deserved time off the campaign trail,” Burgan said. “We’re excited to have more than 7,000 contributors, the most in the race, and we’re raising the resources to compete in all 67 counties. The Mayor doesn’t have a famous last name or personal wealth, but we’re proud to have the support of thousands of Floridians.”

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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