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Endorsementpalooza in Senate District 27 Democratic primary

by George Bennett | May 1st, 2012

Former Democratic state Rep. Kevin Rader made an endorsement splash by jumping into the Senate District 27 primary this week with the backing of U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton.

Rader’s rivals — Democratic state Reps. Mack Bernard and Jeff Clemens — have rolled out their own endorsement lists studded with local elected officials.

Bernard’s backers include Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, former county commish Addie Greene and school board members Marcia Andrews and Debra Robinson.

Clemens’ supporters include County Commissioner Paulette Burdick and Mayors Sam Ferreri of Greenacres, Dave Stewart of Lantana, Don Clayman of South Palm Beach and Bev Smith of Palm Springs.

See a complete list of Bernard and Clemens endorsements after the jump…

Endorsements for state Rep. Mack Bernard in state Senate District 27 Democratic primary:

William Albury, III – Mangonia Park
Marcia Andrews – School Board
Judy Davis – Riviera Beach
James DuBois – Lake Park
Addie Greene – Mangonia Park
Woodrow Hay – Boynton Beach
Keith James – West Palm Beach
Thomas Masters – Riviera Beach
Clarence McConnell – Mangonia Park
Sylvia Moffett – West Palm Beach
Debra Robinson – School Board
Isaac “Ike” Robinson, Jr. – West Palm Beach
Priscilla Taylor – County Commission

Endorsements for state Rep. Jeff Clemens in state Senate District 27 Democratic primary:

Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick
Mayor of Greenacres Sam Ferreri
Mayor of Lantana Dave Stewart
Mayor of South Palm Beach Dr. Don Clayman
Mayor of Palm Springs Bev Smith
Palm Beach Councilman Michael Pucillo
South Palm Beach Councilman Robert Gottlieb
South Palm Beach Councilman Dr. Joe Flagello
South Palm Beach Councilwoman Bonnie Fischer
Lake Worth City Commissioner Andy Amoroso
Former Lake Worth City Commissioner Retha Lowe
Hypoluxo Councilman Bill Smith

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13 Responses to “Endorsementpalooza in Senate District 27 Democratic primary”

  1. debra Says:

    Can I have another choice please?

  2. Where is the equality? Says:

    Really sad to see the way politicians endorse their own: Jew endorses Jew, Black endorses Black, White endorses white. Pathetic state of affairs when our own politicians don’t know how to get along. MLK would be rolling over in his grave.

  3. Right on Says:

    “Equality”, you’re spot on! Bernard has turned this into a race about race, when it really shouldn’t be one. He called me and told me it was minority district, which it is not.
    AND, how in the world can School Board members Robinson and Andrews endorse a candidate who votes for private school vouchers and school prayer?!? Sell out your own children just because the candidate is black?!?
    Racial politics at its worst.

  4. Where is the equality? Says:

    Guarantee you Wexler and Aaronson come out for Rader.

  5. Nikki Says:

    Rader is not even good for the Jewish community. Wexler endorsement is the nail in the coffin to loose. Bernard is awful on the issues and Clemens is just a fool. Let’s hope a 4 person jumps in and it is Mary B.

  6. whasup Says:

    This is typical of Democrats. It’s all about identity politics: someone like me (on religion, race, or ethnicity) is running, so that’s who I support.

    And it’s that kind of thinking in the parochial races like this that prevents the Democrats from finding anyone good to run for statewide office successfully.

  7. Mike Says:

    It should be who represents the community the best. Rader is the insurance guy, Bernard is mixed but representative of the area and Clemens is a hippy that thinks he is in a rock video. I agree we need another candidate. Deutch? Like you are respected if you endorse anyone. Get out of here.

  8. Heather Says:

    Kevin should stay home and I don’t even mean in the house. He was one of the worse elected officials we have had in PBC and his mom is annoying as hell. We don’t need to hear them again this year.

    Rader stop while you are a behind.

  9. Just too much Says:

    All of this totally predictable and meaningless. On issues, dump Rader, he is an insurance lackey. Give Bernard a break on vouchers– much of that goes to help poor black kids (even though it hurts public schools generally). Clemens is the closest thing to a traditional Dem.

  10. Yup Says:

    Correct, pretty meaningless. And yes, Clemens is the traditional Dem in the race. Some may not like that, but the person above who said he’s a fool is kinda silly. Like him or not, he’s extremely bright. Perhaps you could give Bernard a pass on vouchers, but not on school prayer, voting with big insurance or corporate tax cuts. He’s as close as we have to Republican in the Dem universe.
    Rader . . . not even worth mentioning. What is Ted Deutch thinking?!?!

  11. Say No To Carpetbaggers Says:

    Why is Kevin Rader running in this district when the district he lives in is an open seat?

  12. Mack's Got Our Back Says:

    Mack Bernard’s record of accomplishment in the house greatly exceeds Clemens. Bernard’s bill prohibiting state agencies and local governments from contracting for goods and services with Iran is a perfect example. Bernard has earned my vote.

  13. Still no wake up Says:

    Keep telling ya: the democrats in PBC can’t be trusted. They endorsed Jeff Greene over Kendrick Meek and then Charlie Crist over Kendrick Meek.

    Now, they’re endorsing Rader over Mack Bernard.

    Wow, just is amazing how things can happen over and over again and the minority democrats bow their heads and say, ‘yes, master, we’ll support Rader in November

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