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Fmr Gillum Chief of Staff Campaigns for Mayor Against Old Boss’ Record — ‘Tallahassee Had the Highest Number of Murders in History Last Year’

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum chats with students during a voter registration event at Weston Regional Park, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Weston, Fla. About two dozen high school students registered to vote at a rally organized in response to the Florida high school massacre that left 17 people dead …
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Although Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum’s track record as mayor has seemingly been of little interest to many in the Sunshine State’s political media, one of the hopefuls running to replace Gillum as Tallahassee’s mayor is not ignoring it.

According to a recently published article by Steve Stewart of Tallahassee Reports, former Gillum chief of staff and mayoral candidate Dustin Daniels is campaigning on improving upon what he called the city’s “highest number of murders in history last year.”

The mailer, proclaiming Daniels will “move Tallahassee forward” as mayor, backs up a previous report that showed a significant increase in Florida’s capital city’s murder rate while Gillum served as mayor.

(Courtesy Tallahassee Reports)

As Stewart pointed out, Daniels’ claim contradicts claims from Gillum on improvements in public safety for Tallahassee while he served as mayor.

“The message put forth by Daniels is at odds with the message of gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who is telling voters Tallahassee is already doing better due to the decline in crime for the first six months of 2018,” Stewart wrote. “In the process, Gillum is ignoring the decisions that contributed to the record-setting crimes rates in Tallahassee which include historical highs in murders.”

Gillum faces Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis in November in an election to determine who will replace Rick Scott as Florida’s governor.

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