SIERRA CLUB BACKS GILLUM IN FLORIDA

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The nation’s largest environmental group endorsed Democrat Andrew Gillum in his race to become Florida’s governor.

The Sierra Club backed the progressive Tallahassee mayor days after the Republican in the race, former congressman Ron DeSantis, released an environmental plan that the group panned as inadequate.

Sierra Club slammed DeSantis’s plan for not mentioning climate change, and said it was inadequate in areas like stopping offshore drilling near Florida and tackling the state’s toxic algae problem.

“Gillum established a strong track record of environmental protection while Mayor of Tallahassee,” Frank Jackalone, director of the Sierra Club’s Florida chapter, said in a statement.

“He has a wonderful, refreshing vision for protecting Florida’s natural treasures, combatting the causes of climate change, and ensuring clean air and water for our families and our wildlife.”

Gillum won the Democratic nomination for the gubernatorial race last month in a surprise upset against former Rep. Gwen Graham.

He holds progressive positions, supporting a “Medicare for All” healthcare plan and a $15 minimum wage. He would be Florida’s first black governor.

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