Baxter Troutman releases second statewide ad

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The second television ad for Baxter Troutman, Republican candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, began running statewide Wednesday.

The ad for the Winter Haven businessman and grower is part of a $1.6 million television and digital ad package the campaign announced two weeks ago.

The first television ad featured Becky Troutman, the candidate’s wife, talking about her husband and his career and family.

The 30-second ad released Wednesday features the candidate himself discussing the issues facing agriculture and its importance to the state and nation.

The ad has been pared down to 15 seconds to run on Facebook and Twitter.

The campaign has other ads produced by The Strategy Group lined up for the future, said campaign manager Carlo Fassi.

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