Ballot set for special election to replace Wexler; Deutch snags labor endorsementsby George Bennett | December 4th, 2009
Seven candidates are running to replace U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, in an early-2010 special election. The field of candidates was set at noon today with three Republicans, two Democrats and one no-party candidate qualifying for ballot spots and frequent filer Josue Larose making a write-in bid.
On the Feb. 2 GOP primary ballot: Ed Lynch, Curt Price and Joe Budd.
On the Democratic primary ballot: Ted Deutch and Ben Graber.
The primary winners will run April 13 along with no-party candidate Jim McCormick.
Wexler’s District 19 is more than 2-to-1 Democratic, so the winner of the Deutch-Graber race will be heavily favored. Deutch got two Democratic primary boosts today with endorsements from the union-backed Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and from the Service Employees International Union.
“As our next member of congress, Ted Deutch will fight for Florida’s working families by promoting greater access to health care, improving our public schools, and supporting fairness in the workplace,” said a statement by SEIU Healthcare Florida Executive VP Betsy Marville.