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This profile was last updated on 7/29/01  and contains information from public web pages.

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  • President
  • President
    Florida A&M University Student Government Association
  • Student Body President
    Florida A&M University
  • President
    Former FAMU Student Government Association
  • Student
    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University


  • Gainesville High School
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Armed with a petition consisting of 5,000 student signatures, Andrew Gillum, president of the Florida A&M University Student Government Association, told members of the FAMU Board of Trustees Monday that he and the student body want the board to reverse its policy that excludes the interim president from being considered for the permanent position.
"I am saying as publicly as possible that I am in support of changing the policy," said Gillum, member of the trustee board."I understand the position we took and was on the supporting side of that.Since then my position has changed."
Gainesville Sun, 26 Feb 2003 [cached]
Andrew Gillum, 23, won in a runoff with 57 percent of the vote.
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Andrew Gillum, 23, who went to middle and high school in Gainesville, won a runoff election for a seat on the Tallahassee City Commission.
Andrew Gillum, 23, a Florida A&M University graduate who went to middle and high school in Gainesville, won a runoff election for a seat on the Tallahassee City Commission.
Gillum captured 57 percent of the vote, winning over 33-year-old financial adviser Mayo Woodward for the vacated seat of Commissioner John Paul Bailey, who resigned with two years remaining in his four-year term to run for mayor.
"I am overjoyed about the results," Gillum said by phone Tuesday night after learning he won."We set out to run a campaign based on faith and the fact of the matter is, the Tallahassee voters had enough faith in me to give me the only thing I ever wanted - a chance."
In a phone conversation earlier in the day, while making the Election Day rounds of Tallahassee precincts Tuesday, Gillum said his first political experience was as homeroom representative at Westwood Middle School.The big issue then, he said, was "diversified options in the vending machines."
"At that time it seemed something major to have Skittles, Snickers and real Doritos, not generic taco chips, in the vending machines," said Gillum, who received a political science degree last year from FAMU and now works as a field organizers for People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group.
"We got some diversity - Skittles and Snickers, but not the Doritos."
After three terms as homeroom representative - sixth, seventh and eighth grades - Gillum went to Gainesville High School where he immediately got involved in student government and other organizations.He served in various capacities before graduating in 1998, including president of his freshman and sophomore classes, student senator in 11th grade and student body vice president his senior year.
"It seemed like second nature to me," said Gillum, who plans eventually to go to law school at Florida State University."It seemed a natural thing to get involved and try and make a difference."
Gillum noted with a chuckle that the Class of '98 was featured in The Sun as "The Class From Hell" for a spate of fights and other incidents during the year.He described it as the "class of liberation, a free-thinking class" that produced many students who went on to leadership positions in college.
"Gainesville has a proud track record of producing activist and involved students," said Gillum, who served a term as student body president at FAMU.
In Tallahassee, he said, he hopes as a commissioner to "make it an equitable community for all the folks who live here."
He said that also was his goal at GHS, where his sister is a junior and one of his three brothers is a senior.
"At GHS, probably the biggest thing was having students' voices heard," he said."We were not strangers to the (Alachua County) School Board.If there were issues related to our school, we were at the meetings speaking out."
Gillum's campaign platform for the Tallahassee City Commission included a plank supporting student issues.In the six-way race Feb. 5 that put him into Tuesday's runoff, Gillum received strong support from college students, who helped make the election turnout the highest in years for a city race.
The young candidate had help Tuesday from Gainesville, where most of his family still live.
His sister skipped school Tuesday to work in his campaign along with one brother.
Coded racist alarm sounded over primary, 27 Sept 2003 [cached]
Besides, Former FAMU Student Government Association president Andrew Gillum had made the runoff for Seat 2.
Seat 2 candidate Andrew Gillum and Seat 3 candidate Anthony ÒDr.VÓ Viegbesie have announced that their campaign strategies for the runoffs will include appealing to voters who don't know them as well as they are known in their own communities.
Gillum will face Mayo Woodward and Viegbesie will face Lightsey.
Nota Bene, 1 Oct 2001 [cached]
"It became apparent to us that we were being strung along," FAMU student Andrew Gillum told the Lakeland Ledger.
Some opponents of One Florida cite a preliminary analysis by the governor's office, which found that abolishing affirmative action would curtail minority admissions to the state's ten public universities, only five of which still consider race in their admissions practices.A substitute program offered by Bush, called the "talented-twenty" program, would automatically grant entry to a state university-though not necessarily to the preferred institution-to the top 20 percent of graduates from every state high school except magnet schools.According to the analysis, however, this shift alone would not yield as many minority enrollees as in fall 1999.
To offset a potential decrease, Bush has proposed enhanced financial aid.In his address, he called on legislators to approve an additional $3 million in state assistance for college and university students as part of a $20 million increase in need-based aid.
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