Teachers unions back Clemens in Democratic state Senate primaryby George Bennett | June 8th, 2012
Union political clout may be on the wane with the general electorate, as this week’s Wisconsin recall results attest.
But within the confines of a Democratic primary, scoring the endorsement of the Florida Education Association and Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association is still a big deal. Those teachers unions have weighed in for state Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, over state Rep. Mack Bernard, D-West Palm Beach, in their primary for a heavily Democratic state Senate seat.
“Representative Jeff Clemens has been one of the strongest supporters of public education in the Florida House,” said FEA President Andy Ford. “Jeff has a strong record of defending public education. His commitment to our students and public schools is crystal clear.”
Clemens and Mack are running for the Disrict 27 seat, which includes overwhelmingly Democratic minority precincts and condo communities. Dems hold more than a 2-to-1 registration edge over Republicans in the district. With an hour to go before today’s noon qualifying deadline, no GOP candidate has filed for the seat.