Philip Levine campaign adds statewide engagement director

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The campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine announced Wednesday that Chelsea Lunn, an organizer in both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns, will become Levine’s statewide engagement director.

A South Florida native, Lunn was a regional organizing director for Clinton’s 2016 campaign and an organizer for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

“We are excited to welcome Chelsea Lunn to #TeamLevine as our statewide engagement director,” Levine campaign manager Matthew Van Name stated in a news release. “Chelsea’s experience in organizing and mobilizing coalitions will allow our campaign to continue to expand its reach in every part of the state. As we saw this past weekend, #TeamLevine is reaching voters directly through an aggressive outreach effort and Chelsea will help take our efforts to new levels.”

Levine, the former Miami Beach mayor, faces former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, and Winter Park businessman Chris King in the quest for the August 28 Democratic primary to run for Governor in 2018. The leading Republicans are Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

For the Levine campaign, Lunn will handle constituency and elected official outreach, including labor, African-American, and Caribbean-American outreach, along with coalition building and mobilization.

“I’m proud to support a candidate who has tangibly demonstrated a commitment to criminal justice reform, enacting a living wage, and prioritizing investments in public education in our state,” Lunn stated in the release. “This is the progressive vision our state needs if we want to foster an environment that can better attract businesses small and large, and provide opportunities for all Floridians.

“This is the most crucial election of my lifetime in Florida and I am fired-up and ready to show voters and community leaders why Mayor Levine is the right choice to lead as our next Governor.”

Scott Powers

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 [email protected]

One comment

  • Richard Paul Dembinsky

    March 29, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Mr. Powers I will not email YOU again; your boss is ” ” at me.

    but for the record….District 25 race (State Representative) closed for me…two democrats, Libertarian, and the honorable republican incumbent. not worth my $1187.88

    So Mr. Powers while I have asked to remove my name as a challenger to Philip Levine (democrat for Governor); I still short about $1000 to make my “dream” to challenge these four worthless democrats. My name would be at the top of the ballot. I have $5100 to run as Independent again or $1187.88 to run for State Senate District 14 again. This is rather stressful….deciding who will jump into the gubernatorial race (democrats). Jeff Greene (billionaire will not) (John Morgan will not) Nikkie Fried ?, so come June 20, 2018….I may surprise my self. As far as this article is concerned I don’t like the connection of so many Hillary Clinton connections to Philip Levine….so I am doing my best to pull votes away from Levine. Mr. Gillum has refused to contact me….so on June 10 I will send my qualifying forms and check to Tallahassee. I will NOT campaign….I will be in Michigan…but hope that Mr. David Lawrence allows me or a representative to be in the democratic debates. Mr. David Lawrence of Childrens Movement organization is sponsoring the debates. I don’t want to spend a cent to campaign…but I would love to be in the debates somehow. Too bad YOUR boss is such a jerk…..why do you work for him?????? YOU gave me his email address and he went crazy with one email….MY GOD what is he on …googling his name finds a lot of strange findings. YOU best update your resume. He is not happy with you giving me his email address.

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