Boca brouhaha? Weinroth eyes same county commission race as ally Haynie

Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth (left) chats with Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

TALLAHASSEE — Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth said Tuesday night he won’t seek re-election and instead plans to launch a Democratic bid for the same Palm Beach County commission seat that Mayor and erstwhile political ally Susan Haynie is running for as a Republican.

Weinroth said he’ll allow today’s candidate qualifying deadline to pass in Boca Raton without filing for another term on the city council. He said he tentatively plans to open a county commission campaign on Thursday.

Haynie, amid speculation she might abandon her county commission campaign, said Tuesday night she’s committed to the race and has no plans to drop out. She appears to have drawn the attention of at least two investigative bodies — the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics and the Florida Commission on Ethics — over ties to Boca developer James Batmasian that were first reported by The Palm Beach Post in November.

Weinroth and Haynie, who have been allies in Boca Raton, attended the same reception in Tallahassee Tuesday night to mark the beginning of the legislative session. Many county and municipal officials are in town for Palm Beach County Day, when locals visit the Capitol to lobby lawmakers on a variety of issues.

So far, Haynie is the only candidate who has filed for the southeastern Palm Beach County Commission District 4 seat, which is now held by term-limited Commissioner Steven Abrams.

 

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