Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine says he’ll make decision about 2018 gov’s race before start of summer

The multimillionaire mayor Philip Levine predicts it will cost $100 million to run gubernatorial campaign

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine says he will make a decision before the start of summer on whether to run for governor in 2018, a campaign he predicts could cost $100 million for any candidate seeking the state’s highest office.

Appearing Sunday on CBS Miami’s Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede, Levine said he planned to tour Florida over the next several months before deciding on entering the 2018 race to become governor of the nation’s third-largest state and its more than 20 million people.

“I’m going to do what I did when I ran for mayor — I ‘m going to talk to the people,” he said. “I wanna hear what they have to say. I want to understand better what’s going on and what we need to do to make Florida a better place for everybody.”

“I’m going to do it and make my decision before the summer. That’s my plan,” he told CBS’ DeFede on his popular local public affairs show.

Levine, 54, is a multimillionaire businessman first elected to office in 2013 after founding a cruise industry duty-free shopping and media company. He’s on a short list of Democratic gubernatorial candidates that includes former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, Orlando trial attorney John Morgan and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Last week, he released a video saying that he was “exploring ways to how best serve both my community and my state” and “how to make Florida a leader in the 21st century world economy.”

In his interview with CBS’ DeFede, Levin spoke on a wide-ranging number of topics and issues.

He was especially critical of Gov. Rick Scott, saying the two-term governor had not helped create the environment to bring high-paying jobs to Florida.

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