Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine is making his pitch as a progressive candidate “who gets things done” in a new one-minute video ad being placed on the internet through social media.

The ad features news reports on Levine’s time as mayor of Miami Beach and in his post-mayoral campaign in Tallahassee as he pursued a living wage ordinance, police reform, marijuana decriminalization, a plastics ban, addressing sea-level rise, and gun reform.

The campaign reported it is putting a five-figure buy behind the ad.

“Floridians are tired of the same old talk—they want a leader who has taken action on the issues our state is facing, and Mayor Levine has that record,” Christian Ulvert, senior advisor to the campaign, stated in a news release. “From passing Florida’s first living wage, to reforming Miami Beach’s police department, to fighting sea level rise, and pushing for commonsense gun reform, Mayor Levine has an authentic progressive track record of action. It is because of his commitment to successfully taking on these progressive challenges, and his commitment to do the same as Florida’s next Governor that we have come from behind, to taking a clear lead in the latest polling.”

Levine faces former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, and Winter Park businessman Chris King seeking the August 28 Democratic primary triumph to run for governor. The leading Republican candidates are Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

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