Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine was in Orlando on Monday night, to address the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee at their monthly meeting ahead of a likely Democratic bid for Governor next year.
After being introduced Levine took to the stage and began telling his story on how he became Mayor of the Hispanic heavy community and flexed his Spanish speaking skills before describing his vision for Florida’s future.
Levine described a state that included stronger environmental polices that would protect areas like Lake Okeechobee, a NASA that would serve as the Silicon Valley of Florida, and a statewide higher minimum living wage.
“The one thing we all have to agree on is that no one can live on $8.10 an hour. You just can’t it’s impossible” adding “We need to pay people a fair wage, and that’s something for me that is one of the most important things we can do for Florida.”
There are currently two Democrats running for Governor that have already kicked off their campaigns, including Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, whose visited Central Florida twice in the last two weeks, and Winter Park Businessman Chris King who kicked off his campaign near downtown Orlando earlier this month. Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Orlando Attorney John Morgan are also leaning towards a run.
“I think it’s important for us to realize that we better start having candidates who have actually worked.” said Levine “And also the Democratic Party is the party of creating jobs and we need candidates that has created jobs.”
Levine’s appearance in front of OCDEC is part of a speaker series that aims to invite all of the major candidates running for statewide office next year.
Levine wrapped up his remarks calling for efforts that would ultimately unite all voters behind the Democratic nominee
“In order for us to win next year we need to get some of those people who watch FOX to vote for the Democratic party.” he said in conclusion. “That’s if we want to break this cycle we’ve been stuck in for the last 30 years. We know the state is purple. Florida is the greatest state but we gotta win elections.