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Sen. Dockery to visit WPB for Senate hopeful Sharon Merchant

by George Bennett | June 30th, 2009

State Sen. and potential GOP governor candidate Paula Dockery of Lakeland will be in West Palm Beach Wednesday morning when former Republican state Rep. Sharon Merchant makes “a major political announcement.” West Palm Beach City Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell will also be on hand.

Merchant has said she’s running for the state Senate District 27 seat of Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, who’s running for attorney general. In addition to Dockery, Republican Sens. Nancy Detert of Venice and Alex Villalobos of Miami have said they’ll back Merchant.

Another Republican, Wellington Councilwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto, has already launched a campaign for the seat. She’s backed by seven GOP Senators: President Jeff Atwater of North Palm Beach, Majority Leader Alex Diaz de al Portilla and Sens. Michael Bennett, Garrett Richter, Ken Pruitt, Don Gaetz and Andy Gardiner.

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6 Responses to “Sen. Dockery to visit WPB for Senate hopeful Sharon Merchant”

  1. sandnsurf57 Says:

    Mike Haridopolos also endorsed Benacquisto today.

    http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2009/06/haridopolos-endorses-benaquisto-for-aronbergs-senate-seat.html

  2. tim Says:

    If paula is endorsing her then she must be against commuter rail! Look out!

  3. Post On Politics » Blog Archive » Post on Politics - Says:

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  4. VAW Says:

    Actually, both Dockery and Merchant are big supporters of commuter rail. It’s just that they believe in getting the best deal for the taxpayer’s dollars being spent!

  5. Shoes Says:

    This is VERY weak for Sharon.

  6. Wellington Observer Says:

    What time and where is the announcement being held, or is it for the media only?

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