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Name: Andrew Gillum Age: 30 Position: City Commissioner for Tallahassee, Florida
Andrew Gillum first entered politics as a 23-year-old student at Florida A&M University and became the youngest person ever elected to the Tallahassee City Commission. Dedicated to working at the local level, where he implements policies around the justice system, housing, and education, Gillum says one of his proudest accomplishments has been bringing a computer program to what had been one of the city’s worst-performing schools.
“A personal driver for me is helping out traditionally marginalized communities,” he says. “Those people who don’t usually find a voice or an advocate.”