ANDREW GILLUM ISN’T DONE FIGHTING, AND NEITHER ARE WE
By Erin White
November 7, 2018
Somberly, Andrew Gillum conceded his historic gubernatorial race with a hopeful and heartfelt message to voters: keep fighting for a seat at the table.
Posed to be the first Black governor of Florida, Gillum insisted that his narrow loss and closely-watched race wasn’t about him; it was about all of us. “It is not about me. It is about all of us. It is about the collective. If we all do good, we can all do good,” Gillum said in his concession speech. “Even in defeat, I believe that to be true.”
True as that may be, it doesn’t make his loss by about 80,000 votes hurt any less. “As I said all along the campaign trail, power cedes nothing without a demand. It never has and never will[..]” the Tallahassee mayor said. “We still have to be willing to show up every single day and demand our seat at the table. I still believe and I still trust in the voters. I still believe that there is more of us that believe in what is common and what is decent.”
During his campaign, Gillum ran a fantastic race built on the idea that together, we can fight for justice and we can win. He still believes that and you should too.
“I still believe and I still trust the voters,” he added. “We may not have always shown up but I still believe that there are more of us that believe in what is common and what is good and what is right. And I believe, in the long run, good always wins out over evil. I still believe that.” Amen.