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HD 72 Republican candidate Alex Miller apologizes for “One of Us” campaign ad

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House District 72 Republican candidate Alex Miller has responded to criticism of the television ad touting her candidacy; she says if she wins Tuesday’s Republican primary, she’ll change it for the general election.

Miller is a medical company executive running against veteran local TV news anchor John Hill for the District 72 seat, which covers North Sarasota County, and is being vacated by Republican Ray Pilon.

At issue is a campaign ad that began airing on August 10 that starts and ends by declaring that Alex Miller is “one of us.”

It’s that phrase that prompted critics to write on her Facebook fan page that the ad was racially divisive.

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In response, Miller said that she didn’t come up with the tagline, but if she wins Tuesday she would change the ad going into the general election.

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Miller has raised substantially more money than Hill has in the primary – raising more than $173,000 ($50,000 from herself) to Hill’s $11,750 ($10,000 from his own pocket).

The winner of the Miller-Hill contest will face off against Democrat Edward James III in November.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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