Former Congresswoman and Candidate for Governor, Gwen Graham, was in Orlando on Friday afternoon to participate in a discussion about her platform with a coalition of representatives from several different cultural groups in the community. The first in a series of round table talks hosted by the coalition with the candidates for Governor.
The panel included representatives from the Black, Latino, Muslim, and Taíno communities. Graham fielded questions regarding the death penalty and the “stand your ground law” both which she opposes, job creation, and affordable housing.
“We have a lot of issues. I’m not naive.” said Graham “It’s going to take a Governor that can bring people into a room and sit down and we’re going to have some real discussions on how we can make a difference and I’m committed to doing that.”
Other issues discussed by Graham and the panel included better mental health care in the state which could prevent tragedies in the state including the stand off at the Orlando International Airport that took place earlier in the week which is being linked to mental illness.
The daughter of former Governor Bob Graham also took exception to the current state of education in the state with “degrading” public schools. In her response to the question she called out another Florida Governor that followed her father, who she belived opened the door to the current situation regarding public schools.
“I’ve have watched the public school system turn into an industry that is fueling the for profit charter industry.” said Graham “It was a concerted effort from Jeb Bush and moving forward to privatize our public schools.”
The panel was hosted by the Puerto Rican Leadership Council. Over the next week, Graham’s Democratic primary opponents, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, and Orlando Businessman Chris King will be sitting down with the group to layout their vision for the future of the state. Republican hopeful and Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, has been invited to participate but has not indicated if he’ll accept.