Former Congresswoman and the newest candidate in the 2018 race for Florida Governor, Gwen Graham, was in Orlando on Wednesday afternoon to promote the use of renewable energy in the state. The event was Graham’s first visit to the City Beautiful as a gubernatorial hopeful.
Graham was flipping over solar panels and drilling them on to the roof of a home in the Christmas area with members from the ESA Renewables team. ESA renewables was selected to lead the solar co-op in Orange County to encourage the use of solar energy in the region. Before her climb, Graham met with officials from the city of Orlando to learn more about their operations and standing as one of the “greenest” cities in the country.
“We need Florida to be the solar capitol of the world.” said Graham “We need to be encouraging the use of renewable energy sources. We are the Sunshine State and we should be using the sun that Florida receives to cut down on our need for other energy sources.”
The daughter of former Governor Bob Graham announced her campaign on Tuesday morning and will be holding similar “work days”, like the ones she held during her time in Congress, throughout her campaign.
She joins the Democratic primary to succeed incumbent Rick Scott along with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando Businessman Chris King. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam became the first major Republican to jump into the race after filing on Monday. The GOP has already targeted both Graham and Gillum early on with negative email campaigns.
“It has been incredibly wonderful and very meaningful” said Graham about her first day and a half as a candidate “I’m honored to talk about what I am committed to doing for the state of Florida, and not just rhetoric but specifically how we’re going to get it done.”