Ken Pruitt re-entering politics to run in special St. Lucie County appraiser electionby George Bennett | July 13th, 2010
Furst, 68, died of a stroke last week.
Furst’s term as appraiser ran through January 2013. The election to fill the last two years of his term will coincide with this year’s general election. A special period for candidates to qualify for the ballot for the appraiser’s race has been set for Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Jeff Furst left a legacy of dedicated public service; St. Lucie County and the state of Florida have been enriched by his commitment to excellence,” Pruitt said in a prepared statement.
Pruitt is now a governmental affairs consultant in the Port St. Lucie office of the Boca Raton-based Weiss Handler Angelos & Cornwell law firm. He also has a real estate license.
“My experience in real estate combined with the knowledge I gained from my service in Tallahassee make me uniquely qualified to hold this position,” Pruitt said. “I won’t pretend to ever fill the huge shoes left behind by Jeff Furst; however, I do commit to maintaining the high level of service and expertise he instilled in his professional staff at the Property Appraiser’s office.”
Pruitt, 53, is a Republican who held a state House seat from 1990 to 2000, when he was elected to a Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County Senate seat. He was Senate president from 2006 to 2008.
After his 2009 resignation, Republican Joe Negron won a special election to fill the remainder of Pruitt’s Senate term. Negron was reelected to a new four-year term this year when no one filed to challenge him.
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