Philip Levine

  • Age: 56
  • City: Miami Beach
  • Family: Married, three children
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy advanced leadership program (2016)
  • Coursework, University of Florida
  • Bachelor's degree in political science, University of Michigan (1984)
    • Recent job: CEO, Royal Media Partners (2010-present)
  • CEO, Royal Media Partners (2010-present)
  • CEO, On Board Media (1989-2000)
  • Previous races


    Mayor, Miami Beach (2013)

    Mayor, Miami Beach (2015)

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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    Wages stagnated while the cost of living increased, our minimum wage doesn’t allow anyone to make ends meet, and politicians allow large corporations to skirt paying their fair share of taxes, while handing them taxpayer dollars to convince them to expand in our state. This is the wrong approach, to grow Florida’s economy, the answer isn't bribing companies with tax incentives. We must create a culture of excellence, which starts with empowering our communities through investments in public education, expanding access to healthcare, passing tough non-discrimination and environmental protection laws, and taking action on gun reform.
    Explain your position on Medicaid expansion.
    My administration will compel the legislature to expand Medicaid. Thousands of people are dying on waitlists and can’t access the care they need, we must take action and deliver results. If they refuse to act and do the right thing, the people will govern—we'll put the weight of the Governor’s Office behind a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid. Doing the right thing is the wisest action to take, Medicaid expansion is estimated to save the state approximately $500 million annually.
    Do you support the current state ban on local gun control measures?
    Explain your position on local gun control measures.
    Local leaders should be able to pass laws that work to keep their communities safe. As Mayor of Miami Beach, we passed a resolution to ban assault weapons in our city—while it wasn't able to be enforced, it was the right thing to do. We had to try and take action in any way we could. As Governor, I will push for the repeal of this preemption that inhibits local communities' agency to protect their neighborhoods.
    Do you believe sea-level rise threatens Florida?
    Explain your position on sea-level rise threatening Florida.
    As Mayor I dealt with climate-change directly, our action became a model for cities threatened by climate change—my record on this issue is the clearest.

    This is the defining challenge of our generation—and we stand to lose $100 billion in GDP, more than any other state. Our environment is crucial to the future of Florida.

    As Governor, I'll institute an Office of Environmental Resiliency to take forward-thinking action and fortify Florida’s communities against this looming threat.

    Should gun rights and gun control laws ban assault weapons?
    Prohibit certain models of guns, as was done with the 1994 federal assault weapons ban and Gov. Mitt Romney's legislation in Massachusetts.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws ban bump stocks?
    Prohibit devices that allow weapons to fire artificially fast, similar to fully automatic fire. The Las Vegas gunman used these devices.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws OK broad concealed carry?
    Allow weapons to be carried in places including businesses, schools, parks, churches and bars.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws allow open carry?
    Allow guns to be openly carried.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws bar sales under age 21?
    No one 20 or younger could buy a handgun or rifle
    Should gun rights and gun control laws arm teachers?
    Allow schools to decide whether to allow trained and certified teachers and other staff members on campus to carry weapons
    Should gun rights and gun control laws allow local licensing?
    Allow communities to set their own rules for firearms and conduct background screenings, with approval from the police chief or sheriff
    Should gun rights and gun control laws require background checks?
    Private gun sales aren't required to go through background checks. Some governments require the same sort of checks that are now done by gun dealers. This is often called the gun show loophole.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws mandate training?
    Require an initial or periodic gun safety training that covers use and storage.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws require safe storage?
    Allow criminal charges to be filed if firearms are not kept locked up.
    Should gun rights and gun control laws take guns from mentally ill?
    Remove guns from people who show signs of mental illness, as Florida's new Marjory Stoneman Douglas school safety bill allowed.
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