In town for a private fundraiser, Graham is publicly accepting the endorsement of Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki
PANAMA CITY - Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham is here today to pick up support from a private fundraiser and an endorsement from Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki.
Brudnicki has announced his endorsement, The News Herald learned, despite having supported her opponent in her 2014 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Gwen is never afraid to meet with and listen to you, whether you support her or not. As governor, she will bring Floridians together and unite our state to restore public schools, protect our environment and enhance health care,” Brudnicki said.
Only four years ago Brudnicki supported her opponent, Congressman Steve Southerland, in a battle Southerland lost.
“Despite running in a Republican-leaning district in a Republican wave year, Graham won her first campaign for public office in 2014 by turning out voters in traditionally Democratic areas like Leon County and being competitive in more Republican areas like Bay County," Brudnicki said. “Representing Panama City in Congress, Gwen Graham always put people first. She worked on behalf of Florida’s men and women serving in uniform. Gwen fought to ban oil drilling off our beaches. And she brought more than $2.5 million dollars back to veterans, seniors and families.
"Her service to our state has earned my support and I’m excited to vote for her this August and November.”
For her part, Graham, who so far is facing Democratic challengers Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, Philip Levine, former mayor of Miami Beach, and Chris King, CEO of Elevation Financial Group, Winter Park, in the primary. is grateful for the support.
“I am honored to have earned Mayor Brudnicki’s support," she said in a press release. "In Congress, I was proud to work with the mayor and Florida’s local communities to support our service members, protect our beaches and help create jobs. As governor, I will end Tallahassee’s attacks on local control, and work with elected officials from both parties from Pensacola to Key West to move Florida forward.”
Brudnicki joins a dozen or so other North Florida elected officials who have endorsed Graham.