Andel launches GOP congressional bid, calls for ‘restoring conservative principles’by George Bennett | May 7th, 2013
JUNO BEACH — About 100 people turned out this morning as two-term Councilwoman Ellen Andel launched her Republican bid for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 seat held by freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.
In what could be a crowded GOP primary, Andel staked out conservative positions in an outdoor speech by the town hall.
“Washington could gain some valuable insights about the way we do things here in Juno Beach,” Andel said, noting the town is debt-free while the federal debt is nearing $17 trillion.
“This race is about restoring conservative principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual sovereignty, free-market ideas and strong national security. It’s about promoting policies that lessen crippling regulation, reduce the tax burden and simplify the tax code. This is the only way that we will create economic growth and opportunity,” Andel said.
Andel, 46, was accompanied by her husband and two daughters. Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Ira Sabin and St. Lucie County GOP Chairman Bill Paterson — both neutral in the primary — were on hand.
Andel will likely face several Republican rivals for a seat that is a national priority for the GOP. Other Republicans who have shown interest in the race include state Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, former state Rep. Carl Domino, St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery, former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest, businessman Gary Uber and former Derby, Conn., mayor Alan Schlesinger.