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Straz releases ads touting philanthropy in Tampa mayor’s race

The air campaign, expected to be the heaviest political bombardment in Tampa's colorful history of mayoral campaigns, is underway.

David Straz's mayoral campaign announced Thursday that it will run three television ads in the Tampa market.

Straz recently self-funded his campaign with an $800,000 donation. He's already smashed the $1,000,000 mark in his run to become the city's mayor next year.

Campaign manager Mark Hanisee said the ads would run for the next three

weeks on broadcast and cable. They'll also be targeting super voters in a digital campaign.

"We are already getting a great reception throughout the community and we are finding that people are very curious about David Straz, his background and why he's running for mayor. We believe our advertising will start filling in the blanks and help people understand the tremendous impact he has already had on Tampa through the private sector," Hanisee said in a Thursday release. "Just imagine what he can do as our mayor."

Here are the two of the ads. All three are very similar, touting Straz's start "sweeping floors" and his subsequent philanthropy in Tampa.

The election is March 5.  Straz is part of a crowded field of former police chief Jane Castor, City Council members Harry Cohen and Mike Suarez, former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik and small businessman Topher Morrison.

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