Dem Sheriff Bradshaw endorses GOP state Senate hopeful Sharon Merchantby George Bennett | March 30th, 2010
Bradshaw said his endorsement of Merchant is for both the GOP primary and for the general election if Merchant advances.
Former state Rep. Merchant faces a tough GOP primary against former Wellington Councilwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto for the seat of state Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres. Aronberg is leaving the seat to run (also with Bradshaw’s endorsement) for attorney general.
Republican Michael Lameyer is also running in the GOP primary. The Republican victor will face the winner of the Democratic primary between state Rep. Kevin Rader and attorney Peter Burkert. Aronberg’s District 27 seat is expected to be a top GOP takeover target in the fall.
Says Bradshaw: “Sharon has been a strong supporter of the men and women of law enforcement. She understands the tremendous work they do, the difficulties they face and the ongoing need to ensure that law enforcement has the resources needed to keep our citizens safe. I consider Sharon not only a friend of law enforcement but also a personal friend of mine. I have known Sharon and her family for more than 30 years. I am proud to support her campaign for the state Senate.”