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League of Women Voters VP to challenge Rep. Hager

by George Bennett | June 6th, 2012


Florida League of Women Voters VP Pamela Goodman has decided to run as a Democrat against state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, in a coastal district where Republican and Democratic registrations are fairly evenly split.

Dems have spent months trying to recruit a challenger for the newly drawn District 89, which is made up of precincts that voted 52 percent for Barack Obama in 2008, then favored Republican Rick Scott over Democrat Alex Sink in the 2010 governor’s race. Republicans have a 37.4-to-35.8 percent registration edge over Democrats in the district.


Goodman declined to discuss specific issues in a brief interview Tuesday. Hager’s campaign was quick to pounce on statements she made in 2009 when she was considering a run for Palm Beach County Commission against Republican Commissioner Steven Abrams.

Abrams voted against a property tax rate of $4.34 per $1,000 of appraised value, saying he favored a rate of $4.29 or lower.

“It was a despicable, disgusting vote. … His vote was unconscionable for Palm Beach County,” Goodman said at the time, arguing that a lower level would require the county to make unacceptable service cuts. Goodman ultimately decided not to run for commission.

Hager consultant Tom Plante today called Goodman “a seriously flawed candidate with a record for supporting a major tax increase at the height of the recession. Bill Hager is fiscally conservative, as is this coastal District.”

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10 Responses to “League of Women Voters VP to challenge Rep. Hager”

  1. Go Dems Says:


    “Fiscally Conservative” = Anti-Middle Class

  2. Lynn Watson Says:

    This might be a seat pickup for the dems. Need stronger conservative candidate. Fire Sid! RPOF is on the verge of losing my support. There’s a rumor that Jeff Clemens of Lake Worth and city councilman Al Jacquet of Delray Beach may run in this race. Guess we’ll see on Friday. Walker for VP.

  3. Christine Campel Says:

    I’ll vote for her!!! League of Women Voters is sorely missed this year regarding voter registration. If we have one less, out-of-touch,corrupt, white male, Republican the better.

  4. Uhhh Says:

    Lynn, why would Jeff Clemens leave a State Senate race in which he is leading in the polls to go back to the House?
    Al’s a good dude, but he needs some seasoning. He needs to take a more cautious path.
    Pamela Goodman will be fantastic, as long as she doesn’t get involved in the South County political mafia. Hager is the “seriously flawed candidate.” The guy voted to deny compensation to Floridian who spent 27 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Despicable indeed.
    Good luck, Pam!

  5. 2013 PBC Delegation Says:

    Sachs, Abruzzo, Clemens, Rader, Berman, Sloshberg, Kerner, Powell or (Bernard back to house if smart), Pafford, Goodman & Rooney.

  6. Delray Dem Says:

    Christines nasty response above is hurting her candidates and the Dem Party. To label people as “corrupt” based on skin color and being a Republican elected official is prejudice and ignorant.

  7. Christine Campel Says:

    Regarding the Delray Dem who says my reponse was nasty, you are right, my response was a poor choice of words and I apologize.


    “If we have one less, out-of-touch,corrupt, white male, Republican the better.”


    The Republican Party is almost EXCLUSIVELY white men and it is entirely of their own making.

    Democrats should stop apologizing for TELLING THE TRUTH about the disgusting misogynist and bigoted Republican Party.


    In the year 2012 it is absolutely disgusting that the WHITE MALE GOP is preventing pay fairness by filibustering a bill that would make it federal law that women must be paid the same as men. It is absolutely disgraceful that in the 21st century we are STILL talking about women’s rights and that the hard right lunatics are STILL BLOCKING equal pay!

    It is frankly ASTONISHING and I hope every single female Moderate voter takes notice. Will you vote for a politician who blocks equal pay for women? You need to ask yourself that question before you decide who you are going to vote for.

    Plainly put, no Moderate or Independent or female member of the Republican Party should vote for a politician who BLOCKS EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN. It is simply a non-starter here in the year of our lord 2012. Simply unacceptable.

  9. PBCdem Says:

    Correct—->Sachs, Abruzzo, Clemens, Rader, Berman, Slossberg, Kerner, Powell, Pafford, Goodman & Rooney.

    Except that Rader/Perman may be a legitimate battle. This is both their territory, but Rader looks like a double carpet bagger (?).

    I am incredibly impressed with some of the young dem candidates that have stepped up to the plate this cycle. I saw an incredibly inspirational young house candidate today at a forum that made the 60 year old opponent look like peanuts. Lord knows we need some good new dems up there. My only regret is that Clemens wont serve full terms in the house and senate, but i’m not complaining!! Dems in 2012! And Rader, wouldn’t hurt you to show up to the DEC meeting once in awhile. Many of us can’t vote for you because we do not live in the district, but we have friends and family.

  10. R U Kidding Says:

    Have to agree with Tom Plante about Goodman …

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