Monday, July 16, 2018
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Democrat Chris King hits the airwaves with first TV ad hitting sugar-backed politicians

And then there were two. Democrat Philip Levine has spent months and millions of dollars on TV ads promoting his campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and now Winter Park businessman Chris King is joining him on Florida's TV airwaves with a playful shot at politicians funded by the sugar industry —many of whom, by the way, are fellow Democrats.

"I'll take Florida in a new direction by expanding Medicaid to cover the uninsured, protecting funding for affordable housing, and expanding community college and trade school programs that lead to good jobs. If you want new leadership and fresh ideas, I'm ready to fight for you," King says in the 30-second spot airing in the Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando, Panama City and West Palm Beach TV markets.

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