Clemens files papers to run for Senateby John Kennedy | March 27th, 2012
Shortly before the House approved the Senate’s plan Tuesday for redrawing district boundaries, Rep. Jeff Clemens filed campaign papers to run for newly carved Senate District 27 in Palm Beach County.
The Lake Worth Democrat said the proposed central county district, with a majority black and Hispanic voting-age population, contains about 95 percent of the current House seat he has held since 2010.
“Other people may get into the race, but this makes sense for me,” Clemens said.
Rep. Mack Bernard, D-West Palm Beach, has said he is also considering running. Former Rep. Kevin Rader, a Boynton Beach Democrat who has said he plans to challenge Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, also is said to be sizing up the boundaries of District 27, which includes a big chunk of urban Palm Beach County, including Lake Worth, Lantana, Riviera Beach and parts of West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach.
The Senate map still must be upheld as constitutional by the state Supreme Court. Clemens was among House Democrats who joined with Hispanic Republicans in voting against the measure Tuesday, approved in a 61-47 vote.
Clemens isn’t the only House Democrat eyeing the latest district plan.
Senate Democratic Leader Ron Saunders of Key West said Tuesday he expects soon to announce his candidacy for the four-county District 39 seat now held by term-limited Sen. Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami, which her son, Rep. Dwight Bullard, also a Miami Democrat, also plans to seek.