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Clemens files papers to run for Senate

by 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.

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11 Responses to “Clemens files papers to run for Senate”

  1. Janet Says:

    In this case…I am voting R

  2. Riiiiight Says:

    Well, you can vote R, but it’s a solid Democrat seat. Clemens does a good job. He actually cares about average people and votes against things like Big Insurance and anti-environmental legislation.
    I’d vote for him if I lived there.

  3. whasup Says:

    He is a Democrat and so suffers from liberal tendencies. But he is smart and not an unreasonable Democrat. The Democrats could elect a much worse Senator.

  4. True true Says:

    Whasup, you’re right, he is a liberal. But way more reasonable than your average liberal. He actually does fight for common folk, even if I don’t agree with him all the time. You’re right, we could do a heck of a lot worse.

  5. Jimmy Says:

    Tallahassee could use a few liberals, with Rick Scott up there handing our government away to every private company he can find.
    If the choice is between someone who may care about the little people too much and someone who doesn’t care at all, I’ll take the liberal every time.
    Clemens fights against big banks, insurance companies and tax breaks for corporations. Sounds good to me!

  6. Mark Says:

    The guy could not handle lake worth, he has had no good legislation, sings in a rock band & doesn’t have a job. Yeah let’s vote Cara Jenning for president. lol

  7. David Says:

    He is not smart…far from it. I hope Bernard runs or someone else. This guy is a joke.

  8. Wake up Says:

    Yes. Couldn’t handle Lake Worth. That’s why we have a new Publix, the Beach project is going up, the Sheriff’s Department is doing a great job, Compass is a city treasure, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council re-located here and the new boardwalk is up along the Intercoastal. Boy, he sure sounds terrible.
    But pay no attention to the facts.

  9. Ridiculous Says:

    David, how is he a joke? Because he is fighting for normal people?
    Your comment reveals your bias. Everybody knows that Clemens is smart, whether you like him or not. Anyone who could get out of Lake Worth with his reputation intact has something going for them. And if you’ve ever watched him debate on tv, there’s no denying he’s bright.
    He may be a bit too liberal for me, but you look like an idiot when you say things like his is not smart or a joke. Make a constructive criticism that people know is not rooted in your own jealousy.

  10. Lauren Says:

    Maybe Publix is hiring and he can work there. Clemens is not smart at all. He just says no to everything and he is a media whore. He only won because he went against who he went against…good luck buddy

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