Ed Narain first candidate in SD 19 race to go on the air with new ad

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If you were watching cable news this morning, there’s a chance you might have seen Ed Narain‘s new television ad, which began airing Wednesday.

The Tampa-based state representative is running in the ultra-competitive Senate District 19 Democratic primary to be held late next month, where he is battling Darryl Rouson, Betty Reed and Augie Ribeiro for the nomination. The winner is expected to defeat Republican John Houman in November.

Narain is serving his second and final year as a member of the Florida House representing District 61, which includes downtown Tampa, Ybor City, V.M. Ybor, Tampa Heights and Seminole Heights.

The ad features a brief cameo of his schoolteacher wife, Monica, and a bigger platform for the Narain’s two young daughters.

“Being a husband and father are the two most important jobs that I have,” Narain says. “My family keeps me grounded and reminds me of all the reasons I fight so hard for our community in Tallahassee.”

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected].


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