Messenger: Michael Johnston

Candidate: Michael Johnston

Contest: Governor

Affiliation: D

Date delivered: Feb. 28, 2018

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Message type: tv ad

Message tone: positive

About the message: This TV ad from Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former state Sen. Michael Johnston aired on Feb. 28. It emphasizes his support of banning high-capacity magazines and strengthening background checks for gun purchases in 2013.

About the messenger: Michael Johnston is a former state Senator and educator known for proposing education reform, including a controversial teacher accountability measure. He holds a law degree from Yale and a masters in education policy from Harvard. He finished third in the four-way gubernatorial primary.

The messenger's money: Johnston raised nearly $2.5 million through June 27, and is supported by many out-of-state individuals interested in education reform. He's supported by the independent spending group Frontier Fairness.