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Faith, Political Leaders Voice Support For Gillum, Amendment 4

Ryan Dailey

Faith leaders and politicians gathered at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Monday to voice support both for Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum in the race for governor, and Amendment 4. The Rev. R.B. Holmes prayed for both men vying for the governor’s mansion.

Holmes offered prayers for those in politics and the media who were sent pipe bombs through the mail last week. That includes his pick for governor.

“The two young men running for governor, that God will keep Andrew Gillum safe, because the bomber did target him. And that God will keep DeSantis safe,” Holmes said.

Discussing Amendment 4, which would automatically restore voting rights for those with a felony in their past, Holmes made his choice clear:

“I support the position of Mayor Gillum. He is on the right side of history – it is time for compassion, it is time to stand up for the less fortunate ones,” Holmes said. “Mr. DeSantis is wrong on that side. He believes that they’ve got to earn it – earn what? They’ve served their time.”

Holmes spoke alongside state and local politicians like Democratic Congressman Al Lawson, former state representative Alan Williams, and Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor. Lawson, who is running for re-election as an incumbent, also lent his voice to Amendment 4.

“Because people have been done wrong, and we want to make them good citizens. And the way that you make them good citizens is, you make them a part of society,” Lawson said.

Reverend Holmes went on to say Florida politics have become what he calls “toxic” as of late. But he wants something better out of the gubernatorial race.

“This race for governor, cannot come down to racial tension and hatred,” Holmes said. “I pray that the candidates will run this election based on ideas and vision.”

The midterm elections will be decided November 6.

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.