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Miami's Democratic debates draw out the first television ad of the 2020 mayor's race


Daniella Levine Cava is a Democrat hoping to ride a blue wave into County Hall in the 2020 race for Miami-Dade mayor, and she's using her party's Miami debates to attract some attention. 

The two-term county commissioner is airing campaign ads on NBC's Miami station during the Wednesday and Thursday primary debates, her campaign said. The spot ticks off problems in Miami-Dade, including affordable housing, wages, transit and the environment. The "community in crisis" spot  includes an implicit swipe at her Democratic rival in the non-partisan race: former county mayor Alex Penelas.

Penelas championed the county's half-percent sales tax for transportation, enacted while he was mayor in 2002. The narrator in the Levine Cava ad states: "Traffic worsening with nothing more than empty promises from yesterday's politicians."