Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine is enlisting the help of his former deputy police chief for Miami Beach to highlight Levine’s efforts as mayor to reform that city’s police department.
In a television spot (see below), called “What a Leader Does,” released Monday morning, the Levine campaign attempts to underscore the actions taken by Levine and city leaders to reform that city’s police department following several high-profile incidents of excessive force.
The :30 spot features former Miami Beach Deputy Chief of Police, Lauretta Hill, appointed under Levine’s tenure.
“Four years ago, Philip Levine led the effort to reform the Miami Beach Police Department by putting citizens first,” Hill says in the spot. “I should know, because I was there, sworn in by Mayor Levine as the highest ranking woman and African-American in department history.
“Together we fought racism, brought the community and police closer, and saw violent crime drop,” Hill adds.
“It wasn’t easy, but together, we reformed a police department and made Miami Beach safer by working with our community,” Levine said in a written statement. “It’s time we take the same approach statewide, partner with law enforcement and our communities to deliver real change and build a better, safer Florida.”
Hill now serves as police commissioner for the Dallas County Community College District.
Levine is one of five major Democratic candidates seeking the party’s nomination. The primary is August 28, fifty days away.
Several recent polls have given Levine a slight lead over opponent Gwen Graham. But, the Capitolist’s own Horserace Index, which uses a weighted average of the polls taken to date, shows Graham holding a 3 point lead over Levine, 25 percent to 22 percent. Andrew Gillum is in third place with 19 percent, with Chris King coming in fourth with 9 percent. Jeff Greene had not yet been polled as of the most recent Horserace Index.