Palm Beach County is large compared to other counties in Florida, and accordingly, it has an imposing ballot facing voters in each election. In the elections this November, however, Palm Beach’s voters will have some help navigating the sea of candidates for the various offices. This is a guide to your districts candidates for the Florida State Senate for the November election. Some candidates in
Candidates for the Florida Senate:
This district is currently represented by Republican Senator Jeffrey Atwater, a descendant of Governor Napoleon B. Broward, and the current Senate President. First elected in 2002, and served in the Florida House from 2000-2002.
His Democratic challenger is current Florida House member Kelly Skidmore.
She is running unopposed for the seat among Democrats and is a ranking Democratic member of the Health Care Appropriations Committee, Full Appropriations Council on Education & Economic Development, General Government & Health Care, and the Health and Family Services Council.She was first elected to the House in 2006.
Two Democrats currently running for the seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Dave Aronberg are Pete Berkhert and Kevin Greenstein Rader. Both are previous contenders for Florida House seats, and though they did not win, both posed challenges to the Republicans they sought to unseat.
Art Argenio, a “Conservative Republican” and incumbent Republican State Senator Joe Negron are running for the District 28 seat that Negron won this past August in an election for retiring State Senator Ken Pruitt’s seat.
Negron has a long history of Service to Florida the Republican Party: He was a former Florida House member from 2000 to 2006 and was a member of the Apportionment Committee, a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2008, and was a member of Attorney General Bill McCollum’s transition team.
Argenio, as a State legislator, was responsible for the push to ban Partial Birth Abortion in Florida, and was an advocate of “scapping the intangible tax”, as well as stopping bills that were “anti-family, anti-home school before they could gain momentum.”
No Democrat has announced candidacy for this seat yet.
For the seat currently held by Democrat Ted Deutch, the incumbent currently faces a primary challenge from Florida House member Marta Lorts Sachs.
Sachs, the current Democratic Whip in the House, was previously a Palm Beach County Legislative Delegate until 2006,is an appointee to Governor Crist’s Task Force on Human Trafficking from 2009 through 2011, and various child protection advocacy councils.
Deutch, the incumbent Democrat, is also a contender for the US House of Representative seat being vacated by Democrat Rober Wexler. Deutch’s run for Wexler’s seat would leave this election open to Sachs, who would then be running for a Democratic nomination unopposed.
No Republican is announced for this seat yet.
For State-wide and County-Wide elections, please see the forthcoming candidate guides.