Senate races attract slew of candidates who live outside districtsby George Bennett | June 29th, 2009
Now Rader is entertaining thoughts of running next year in a state Senate district where he doesn’t live.
He has plenty of company.
The only announced candidate for the Senate District 27 race, Wellington Councilwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto, lives about 1,000 feet outside the district. Likely candidate Sharon Merchant lives miles away in Palm Beach Gardens. And Fort Myers attorney Peter Burkert doesn’t live in Senate District 27 either.
Florida law requires legislators to be residents of their districts at election, so the District 27 hopefuls have plenty of time to establish new addresses.
District 27 is represented now by state Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, who’s running for attorney general in 2010.
Republican District 27 hopefuls Benacquisto and Merchant live in Senate District 25. That’s the seat Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, is leaving to run for chief financial officer.
Two of the four candidates running for Atwater’s seat don’t live in Senate District 25. State Rep. Carl Domino, R-Jupiter, is homesteaded and registered to vote in District 28 but owns a condo in District 25 and says he’ll establish residency there. State Rep. Kelly Skidmore, D-Boca Raton, also lives outside District 25 but has said she’ll move.
The two District 25 Senate hopefuls who live in the district now are state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, and Delray Beach businessman Nick Loeb.