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Levine for Governor Campaign Expands in Tampa Bay

Philip Levine | Politics | Elections

He served as mayor of Miami Beach from 2013-2017.

TAMPA BAY – The Levine for Governor Campaign is expanding its Tampa Bay area staff with the hire of Ella K. Coffee as Tampa Bay regional deputy director and Matt Byrd as Tampa Bay campaign coordinator.

“Ella’s experience in the Tampa Bay area will strengthen our footing and presence in a priority region of the state while we continue to ramp-up and build a campaign committed to connecting directly with all Floridians,” said Jocelyn Mund, deputy campaign manager. “Matt’s strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile will bolster our campaign’s mission to outwork the competition and reach every voter in the region.”

Most recently, Coffee worked with the Florida Democratic Party, serving as the West Central Florida community engagement director in the Tampa Bay area. Previously she was an education, recruitment, and training specialist with the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. She has worked on several campaigns in the region over the past election cycles.

“After years of Republican control, Floridians are done with the attack on our public schools, political games with our healthcare and environment, and NRA-driven legislation in Tallahassee,” Coffee said. “Our state is ready for a new direction and Mayor Levine has the vision and the values to move Florida forward and build a state government we can all be proud of.”

Byrd worked on St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s re-election as a campaign coordinator in 2017, recruiting, organizing and managing volunteers in voter engagement activities and coordinating outreach with the African American community. He owns and operates a contracting business, rehabilitating properties throughout the Tampa Bay area, and previously served in the U.S. Army.

“We know Tampa Bay is a critical region and our campaign continues to make the key investments in the region to ensure we are well positioned to win in August and November,” said Matthew Van Name, campaign manager.

Levine, a Democrat, is one of 26 who have announced gubernatorial candidacies.

Levine first ran for mayor for the city of Miami Beach in 2013, where he has lived the past 40 years, taking on sea-level rise, cleaning up government corruption, and reforming the police department. He funded his own campaign, refusing money from special interests, and won re-election to two terms with a majority of the vote.

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