Rep. David Silvers will not run in special Senate election to replace Clemens

A special election will fill the District 31 Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Jeff Clemens.

Freshman state Rep. David Silvers, D-West Palm Beach, said today he has decided not to run in the special election to replace former Democratic Sen. Jeff Clemens in a Palm Beach County Senate district.

State Rep. Lori Berman and former state Rep. Irving Slosberg are vying for the Democratic nomination in Senate District 31. Democratic Rep. David Silvers (right) has decided not to run.

Gov. Rick Scott has set a Jan. 30 primary date and April 10 general election to fill the District 31 Senate seat, which runs generally east of Florida’s Turnpike from Lake Worth to Delray Beach.

“My work’s not done here in House District 87,” Silvers said today. “To be here is an absolute honor. I love what I’m doing.”

Two other Democrats — state Rep. Lori Berman and former state Rep. Irving Slosberg — have already launched campaigns for the Democrat-leaning seat. County Republican Vice Chairwoman Tami Donnally has also expressed interest in running.

Clemens, in line to become the Senate’s top Democrat next year, resigned Oct. 27 after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist.

 

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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