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Ken Pruitt re-entering politics to run in special St. Lucie County appraiser election

by George Bennett | July 13th, 2010



Former Florida Senate President Ken Pruitt, who resigned his legislative seat in 2009 for a combination of family and economic concerns, announced today he will run in the election to replace the late St. Lucie County Property Appraiser Jeff Furst.

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.


4 Responses to “Ken Pruitt re-entering politics to run in special St. Lucie County appraiser election”

  1. good choice Says:

    no one will work harder than Ken Pruitt. Glad he is making a come back as an elected official.

  2. Outlaws Says:

    Ken Pruitt is a corrupt period.

  3. Corruption Evaporation Says:

    So I guess he has out waited that appartment free money courruption thing he got involved in that caused him to have all those family problems and things that made him jump “ship” in 2009. Now he comes back all fresh and ready to steal some more taxpayer monies. One thing for sure, if these blind idiot voters vote this career politician unindicted (thanks to his friend Charlie) criminal back to the public troff they get what they deserve.

  4. Andy Says:

    Good for Ken Pruitt. Back on the public dole. Cut this salary to 60 grand and ask people to apply for the job. You will get hundreds of qualified apps.

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