Gov. Rick Scott has not yet set a date for a special election to replace Democrat Jeff Clemens in a Palm Beach County state Senate district, but state Rep. Lori Berman and former state Rep. Irving Slosberg have already opened campaigns to begin raising and spending money on a race.
Democrats Berman and Slosberg both filed papers in Tallahassee this week to run for the Senate District 31 seat, which became vacant when Clemens resigned after admitting to an affair with a lobbyist. Because a special election hasn’t been set, Berman and Slosberg opened campaigns for 2020, when the seat was next scheduled for an election.
“The schlepper bags are on the way,” said Slosberg, referring to the giveaway canvas bags that became a signature of his initial run for state House in 2000.
Democratic state Rep. David Silvers is described by his consultant, Rick Asnani, as “very interested” in the special election.
“I have yet to make a decision and I am in no rush,” Silvers said Friday.
Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein, a Democrat, gave serious consideration to running in the special election but said Friday he won’t be a candidate.
“I want to finish out my final term as mayor without the distraction of a political campaign,” said Glickstein, who recently announced he won’t seek re-election as mayor in March.
The district is heavily Democratic but Palm Beach County Republican Vice Chairwoman Tami Donnally said she is considering a run.