Gillum targets students in ‘Back to School’ tour

Calling youngsters “the brightest lights of our future,” Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum will begin a “Back to School” tour on Tuesday as part of his Democratic campaign for governor.

Gillum will kick off the tour at his alma mater, Florida A&M University, but plans to visit another dozen universities, colleges and schools through October.

“I did some of my first organized work in politics when I was an undergraduate at Florida A&M University, and from my earliest days I’ve seen young people take on the biggest issues facing them,” Gillum said in a statement.

Gillum’ will make stops at FAMU, the University of South Florida, Stetson University and the University of Central Florida this week. Next week, he’ll hit Barry University and Florida International University on Monday and the University of North Florida on Tuesday. The Tallahassee mayor plants to appear next month at the University of Florida, the University of Tampa, Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College. He’ll wind up to the tour late in October at Gulf Coast State College.

Here is Gillum’s full statement:

“Our young people are the brightest lights of our future — they speak into existence things they haven’t yet built, and create community with other people they’ve never encountered. They have a powerful role to play in our state, and that’s why I’m thrilled to see them on the campaign trail over the coming weeks.

“I did some of my first organized work in politics when I was an undergraduate at Florida A&M University, and from my earliest days I’ve seen young people take on the biggest issues facing them. That’s why we’ll be talking about higher education accessibility and affordability, infusing our public education with SHOP 2.0 vocational training, creating an economy that puts people first, protecting and expanding access to quality and affordable healthcare, and confronting our climate change crisis. We’ll talk about the need for healing and unity across our country and especially on college campuses, and the need to be civically engaged in your community. I’m thrilled to be going ‘Back to School’ this fall!”

By Lloyd Dunkelberger