Field of Possible Candidates Seeking to Replace Former Sen. Clemens Begins to Form

by | Oct 31, 2017

A list of possible Democratic candidates interested in running for the Senate District 31 seat in Palm Beach County is starting to take shape.

At least four Democrats say they will run or are considering a run for the seat that was left open when former Sen. Jeff Clemens unexpectedly announced Friday he was stepping down following the disclosure that he had an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

One of those interested in the position is state Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, who had been planning to run for Palm Beach County Commission next year. Berman, who must leave the House after her current term is up due to term limits, said Monday she will enter the race.

Her decision follows that of former state Rep. Irv Slosberg. Slosberg said Friday he intends to run for the Senate seat.

The Palm Beach Post reports that two others are eyeing a possible bid for the Senate position. They are state Rep. David Silvers and Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein.

A special election must be ordered by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the seat formerly held by Clemens. The district leans Democrat. 

Clemens’ abrupt departure leaves more than just a Senate seat vacant. He was set to take over as the Democratic leader in the Senate next year.  Democrats were looking to make some inroads in their efforts to chip away at the Republican domination of the Legislature.

Last month, Democrats hopes were bolstered by Sen. Annette Taddeo’s victory over  Republican Jose Felix Diaz in a Miami-Dade County special election.

Senate Democrats are expected to choose a replacement for minority leader-designate when they gather for next week’s committee meetings in Tallahassee.



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