About a year after formally entering the race to be Florida's next commissioner of agriculture, former state Rep. Baxter Troutman of Winter Haven released six new digital ads along with a revamp of his campaign website Monday night.
The short ads each introduce Troutman and touch on an issue, including gun rights, water sustainability and citrus greening, a disease that has had detrimental effects on Florida's citrus industry. They will run on YouTube and social media, according to campaign spokesman Carlo Fassi.
"Hello, I'm Baxter Troutman, a conservative businessman and a family farmer. And I am a champion for Second Amendment rights," begins one. Troutman then goes on to say that as Commissioner of Agriculture, he will defend Floridians' right to bear arms against attacks from "the Left and the liberal media."
Troutman, a Republican whose family is in the citrus and cattle industries, has dedicated around $3 million of his own funds to his roughly $3.4 million campaign war chest.
His top opponents, both Republican, are state Sen. Denise Grimsley who has fundraised about $1.2 million and state Rep. Matt Caldwell who has raised around $2.1 million.
All three candidates have family ties to farming. However, in one of Troutman's ads, he claims he is "the only candidate who truly grew up with dirt in his toes."