Playing off her “workday” visit last week to a center for migrant-labor families around Immokalee, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham released a digital ad Monday pushing her commitment to early childhood education.

The new digital buy features a near-two-minute long video showing Graham visiting the Redlands Christian Migrant Association early childhood education school in Immokalee.

As the video shows her serving breakfast, tying shoelaces, hugging children and laughing, as well older pictures of her father, then-Gov. Bob Graham hugging a child, she portrays a personal connection with the children and their families. She vows to support issues her campaign said are often overlooked, Florida’s migrant communities and early childhood education.

“It does not matter where a child lives, what color their skin is, what language they speak — as governor, I’m gonna support early childhood education,” Graham states in the video. “Immokalee and the migrant communities are often overlooked. But I learned from my dad that it is important that you be present in all communities across the state of Florida so that you can learn and understand how, as governor, you can make a difference in their lives.”

Graham, a former member of Congress, faces Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Winter Park businessman Chris King in seeking the Aug. 28 Democratic primary nomination to run for governor this year. The leading Republicans are Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.


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