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Andrew Gillum hosts environmental town hall in Fort Myers

Posted: 8:19 AM, Oct 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-31 12:19:23Z

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hundreds of people showed up Tuesday night to hear Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum and his running mate Chris King speak in Fort Myers.  So much so, an overflow room had to be used at Riverside Community Center.

The Tallahassee mayor talked to hundreds about issues that matter to them.  And for a lot of them, that's the environment.
And crowds braved the heat to hear what Mayor Andrew Gillum had to say as supporters cheered him on outside in an overflow area.

The environment seems to be a key issue for these voters, hoping that solving the water crisis is at the top of Mayor Gillum's priority list.

"I'm looking for solutions and probabilities on how we're going to take care of it with limiting fertilizer deposits and sewage deposits into our water."

Mayor Gillum says he's dedicated to the environment.  "We realize global climate change is a real thing.  I certainly do."

Much of the town hall was spent talking about environmental policy, as Gillum took questions from the crowd.

He hopes to invest in solar energy. “Florida ought to be second to none producing solar energy, residential, commercial, building, government."

And when it comes to water, he says he wants to appoint different people to water management boards.  "The biggest polluting industries are deciding on nitrate levels? Are you kidding? We're going to put real biologists, real scientists, real stakeholders on water management boards."

But he says his top priority in the state of Florida is making health care affordable. “It is in the best interest to expand Medicaid.”

Gillum hits the campaign trail again Wednesday with a stop in Pensacola.