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Philip Levine opens Kissimmee office, grabs Jose Alvarez’s endorsement

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine opened a Central Florida office in Kissimmee and announced the backing of Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez, who helped open the campaign center on Saturday.

“Florida needs leaders who have a bold vision for our future, who lead with compassion, and have a track record of getting things done. Philip Levine embodies all of these qualities, and I know that he will represent the needs of our community and create better opportunity for Florida’s families here in Kissimmee and throughout Florida,” Alvarez stated in a news release issued by Levine’s campaign Monday.

Levine also announced the endorsement of Osceola County School Board Member Kelvin Soto.

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

The new Levine campaign office, at 104 Church St. in Kissimmee, is the campaign’s third, following its headquarters in Miami and Tampa Bay office in St. Petersburg.

“Our campaign is excited to open our second regional office, here in Osceola County, the second-fastest growing county in our state. I am humbled by the early support from so many, including School Board Member Soto and Mayor Alvarez. Together, we will build a state and an economy that leaves no family behind, whether they came here from Puerto Rico or from anywhere else – a Florida where we truly all rise together,” Levine stated in the release.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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