Rebecca Negron first to get signatures for U.S. House race

Rebecca Negron
Rebecca Negron

Martin County School Board member Rebecca Negron said Wednesday she’s gathered enough petition signatures to qualify for the Aug. 30 Republican primary for the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast U.S. Congressional seat Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, is vacating to run for the U.S. Senate.

A press release for Negron — wife of State Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, whose district includes northern Palm Beach County and who’s the incoming Florida Senate President — said she’s the first so far of the¬†eight candidates to gather the 2,298 needed to get on the primary ballot without having to pay a $10,444 filing fee.

The registered nurse and mother of three has tapped many of her husband’s Tallahassee connections while raising some $400,000 for the campaign, as of February, and already has aired her first television ad.

 

Bill inspired by missing Tequesta teens wins final approval from state lawmakers

A memorial last summer to missing Tequesta teens
A memorial last summer to missing Tequesta teens

The memory of two Tequesta teenagers missing since they sailed out of Jupiter Inlet last summer will live on in legislation approved Wednesday by the Florida Senate and sent to Gov. Rick Scott.

The measure (CS/HB 427) is aimed at encouraging boaters to buy an emergency position indicator radio beacon (EPIRB) or personal locator beacon for their watercraft. Supporters portray the legislation as a legacy for the 14-year-old friends, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, missing since last July.

Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, and Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who represent the youngsters’ home town, sponsored the legislation. It cleared the Senate on a 39-0 vote and now goes to Scott, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

Magar earlier told the House the measure will “save lives, heartbreak and anguish.”