Gwen Graham releases new TV spot on the “North Florida Way”

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Democrat Gwen Graham released her first TV spot in the campaign for North Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, where she calls for a “new approach” in how Congress works.

“I know it’s frustrating, but we’ve all had it up to here with Congress,” Graham says in “The North Florida Way,” a 30-second spot released Monday. “As the top negotiator for our local school system, it was my job to bring parents, teachers and administrators together.  To cooperate, solve problems and do what was best for students.”

The Tallahassee Democrat faces Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland for the region covering Tallahassee through Panama City and the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle.

The “North Florida Way” is the set of values that Gwen Graham, daughter of former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, says she would take to Washington. She would use these values to break partisan gridlock.

“Cooperation, not conflict. More problem solving, less partisanship. That’s the North Florida way.”

The CD 2 race is expected to be one of the most competitive national-marquee races in the 2014 midterm election cycle, where a number of independent groups plan to pour millions into the contest, a majority of it going to help Southerland.

Gwen Graham’s new ad is available on YouTube.

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