2 more enter fray to replace Atwaterby George Bennett | May 20th, 2009
Republican state Reps. Carl Domino of Jupiter and Ellyn Bogdanoff of Fort Lauderdale became Senate rivals Wednesday as both announced plans to run in 2010 for the legislative seat of Senate President Jeff Atwater, who is leaving to pursue a statewide campaign for chief financial officer.
Both join a third Republican, businessman Nick Loeb of Delray Beach, in the race for the Palm Beach-Broward District 25 Senate seat.
Atwater launched his CFO campaign Tuesday.
Former Democratic state Sen. Skip Campbell has also expressed interest in Atwater’s seat, and other Democrats could enter as well in a district where Republicans hold a slight registration edge.
Bogdanoff already had opened a reelection campaign for her state House seat and raised $33,750 through March 31. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was recently in Palm Beach County to raise money for Loeb’s campaign for the state House seat of term-limited Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Boca Raton.
Under state law, Bogdanoff and Loeb must offer to return unspent campaign money to the contributors to their House races. A contributor to the House campaign also has the option of letting the money be used for the Senate campaign. One Domino supporter who gave to Loeb’s House campaign is already demanding a refund.
About 64 percent of Senate District 25 voters live in Palm Beach County and 36 percent live in Broward County.