Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine is trying to make Floridians more aware of who he is and what he supports, so he’s taking his campaign on the road to the living rooms of Floridians.
The Miami Beach mayor will hit the road next week on a bus tour that’s designed to take him to parts of the state where people might not be that familiar with him.
“This tour begins a conversation we’ve never had, about things we’ve never done, for people who’ve never been given a chance. We’ve heard from Tallahassee. Now, I’m going to make sure they hear from us,” said Levine.
Levine will launch his bus tour in Orlando on Tuesday, about the same time that Gov. Rick Scott launches the 2018 legislative session with his State of the State address. He’ll watch the address with an Orlando area family and react to the governor’s speech.
The tour will end Friday in Key Largo after making stops in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Pensacola, Tampa, Fort Myers, West Palm and Fort Lauderdale.
“Tallahassee always tells us what they want us to hear,” Levine added. “I’m going around this state to make sure they hear from us. From the living rooms of Florida, we will let Tallahassee know that climate change is real, the minimum wage is unlivable, that drilling off our shores is off-limits, and that taking away our right to home rule is out of the question.”
Levine may be well known in South Florida, but he has struggled to get his name and message out to other parts of the state. A recent poll showed him with just six percent support from the Democratic voters. Frontrunners Gwen Graham received 18 percent while Andrew Gillum had 12 percent. Chris King came in fourth with three percent.