Broward Commissioner LaMarca won’t run vs. Hasner in GOP congressional primaryby George Bennett | March 7th, 2012
Republican Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca has decided not to run for Congress in Palm Beach-Broward District 22. That should give former state House majority leader Adam Hasner of Boca Raton a clear shot at the GOP nomination for a seat that’s been redrawn to favor Democrats.
Hasner garnered endorsements from former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio as well as U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation. West represents the district now, but is moving to new District 18 to the north.
Did the high-powered endorsements matter?
“I’d be crazy to say they didn’t,” LaMarca said. But the bigger factor, he said, was bipartisan encouragement from constituents to remain in his commission seat.
“We’ve got a lot going on here in Broward County,” LaMarca said.
Former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel and Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs are running in the District 22 Democratic primary.