^
Keep New Times Free
4
| News |

At Wynwood Mural Unveiling, Andrew Gillum Insists He Can Win Primary Despite Recent Polls

Disem and Andrew GillumEXPAND
Disem and Andrew Gillum
Photo by Meg O'Connor

With just 21 days until the primary, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum now has something in common with the two Democratic front-runners in the race, ex-Miami Beach Mayor Phil Levine and former Rep. Gwen Graham: namely, a prominent presence in Wynwood.

Over the weekend, Miami-based artist Disem used spray paint to create a mural of Gillum on a wall outside of 004 Connec on NW 24th Street. This morning, Gillum showed up to meet the artist and see the mural in person, which sits a few blocks away from Graham's Wynwood office and Levine's campaign headquarters in the hipster neighborhood.

Gillum, who was born in Miami, has been lagging in third or fourth place in most recent polls, but he's strongly supported by the progressive wing of the party — especially since nabbing Bernie Sanders' endorsement last week. Gillum says he's still confident that grassroots support can turn into an electoral surprise at the polls.

"The only poll that matters is the one on election day," said Gillum at a press conference on Tuesday. "I was campaigning with [Virginia] Lieutenant Governor [Justin] Fairfax, and he gave me particular inspiration because going into his election in Virginia, he was nine points down ahead of election day. At the end of election day after all the votes were counted, he ended ten points ahead of his opponent. A 19-point closing of the gap between when that last poll was taken and election day."

Disem and Andrew GillumEXPAND
Disem and Andrew Gillum
Photo by Meg O'Connor

Gillum's new mural came about after someone from the New Florida Vision PAC got in touch with Disem, who is known for his portrait work and his teal and pink signature, including on his mural of the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade on Calle Ocho and SW 22nd Avenue.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

"I'm not huge into politics, but I had previously heard about what the mayor was doing and it just struck me, as someone coming from Dade County and as a minority. He's someone I could relate to, and I wanted to shine a spotlight on what he's doing," said Disem. "I think there's no better person to represent me than somebody I can relate to that's from the same city and has grown up with the same struggles that I had."

Under the relentless Miami sun on Tuesday morning, Gillum thanked Disem for the portrait, which was done entirely with spray paint. "It's incredible," Gillum said. "I'm blown away — you made me look handsome!" Gillum laughed.

Cars drove by the mural honking and waving as Gillum spoke to reporters and the artist.

"At the end of the day, my job is to get out and communicate that as the only nonmillionaire in this race, regular everyday people ought to have a seat at the table too; in fact, we ought to have a leading seat at the table," Gillum said.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.