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Pennsylvania political neophyte breaks out of the pack with upbeat television spot

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When the son of a small-town Pennsylvania coal miner (Mike Floyd) was elected mayor of three coal-mining towns in Pennsylvania in 1992, he was no stranger to politics. His political resume included a successful stint on the York County Board of Commissioners and his father, who was first elected mayor when there was just one justice on the bench.

In this more than a decade-long era of hyperpartisanship, Mike Floyd promised change. His Democratic campaign wasn’t afraid to flaunt his personal stances, even though he was openly conservative, flirting with a Tea Party candidate on his ticket. He pledged to protect property rights and children’s jobs. He championed small business, community development and tax cuts. And he even recast himself as an unlikely reformer, dubbing himself “the new Barney Fife” in campaign ads.

The 78-year-old played an important part in ushering in the local reforms, but faced his own improprieties during his time in office, including blowing away community and utility management boards by hauling them out to lunch, often with friends and family members in tow. So when Mike Floyd died suddenly in March 2017, Bridgett Floyd stepped into the political void. With her new ad, “Stronger,” the 21-year-old speaks to the post-Floyd era.

“Mike was the change we needed,” Bridgett Floyd said. “Many believe he won because he was old, but we know that what made him successful in politics was his heart. After his passing, I thought his heart should live on, so I took it upon myself to run for his position.”

“The decision to run for Mike’s position was an easy one. I wasn’t the candidate he would have been but I knew he’d have been proud and I’m happy I’m able to serve as a strong voice for Mike, for those that love him, and continue his legacy for the people of York County,” she continued.

Bridgett’s competitive commercial also appears to have gone viral, raising her profile as she stands behind a pocket camera, answering tough questions about her family history in the commercial.

Read the full story on the Washington Post.

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