Local AFL-CIO backs Bernard in special District 84 House raceby George Bennett | July 24th, 2009
Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO President Pat Emmert says that, after interviewing candidates this week, the local union is recommending that the state AFL-CIO back Delray Beach Commissioner Mack Bernard in the special District 84 state House election to replace former Rep. Priscilla Taylor, who was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Palm Beach County commission.
Bernard, Riviera Beach Councilman Cedrick Thomas and former state Rep. James Henry “Hank” Harper Jr. — all Democrats — have opened campaigns for the minority-dominated, overwhelmingly Democratic seat.
The Democratic primary is Aug. 25. A general election, if needed, has been set for Sept. 22, but so far no Republicans have entered the race. The candidate qualifying deadline is noon Tuesday.