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Juno Beach Vice Mayor Ellen Andel to enter race for Murphy’s congressional seat

by George Bennett | May 6th, 2013

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Ellen Andel, the vice mayor pro tem of Juno Beach, is entering the race for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 seat held by freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.

Andel plans an official announcement Tuesday morning at the Juno Beach Town Center.

The district has a slight Republican registration edge and voted 51.5 percent for Mitt Romney, so several Republicans have been eyeing the seat. Alan Schlesinger, a former mayor of Derby, Conn., who was the GOP’s 2006 Senate nominee in Connecticut, has declared he’s running and lined up Tallahassee-based consultant Rockie Pennington for his campaign.

Other Republicans looking at the District 18 race include state Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery, former state Rep. Carl Domino, former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest and businessman Gary Uber. Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner has not ruled out running.

Here’s a copy of the release Andel’s consultant sent out today:

“Juno Beach- On Tuesday morning, Ellen Andel will make her campaign to be the next Congresswoman from Florida’s 18th Congressional District official.

“Ellen Andel is currently the Vice Mayor Pro Tem of Juno Beach. Last month she participated in a ceremonial “Burning of the Bonds” when the town became debt-free. Ellen is also a member of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and Regional Chairperson of the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee.

“Andel is a native of northern Palm Beach County. An avid runner, Ellen won the Gold Medal in the 60 meter hurdles at the 2012 USA Masters Track and Field Championships, and also set an American record as a member of the Women’s Hurdle Relay Team. She has also completed the Florida Half-Ironman Triathlon and the Athens Marathon.

“The 18th Congressional District is likely to be a major battleground again in 2014. The district voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and its current PVI is R+3, meaning it out performs the generic Republican number by 3 points.”

6 Responses to “Juno Beach Vice Mayor Ellen Andel to enter race for Murphy’s congressional seat”

  1. kelly Says:

    So she’s running for office because…she’s a runner? Vice mayor of Juno Beach is a pretty thin resume.

  2. Elizabeth Cargolux Says:

    No doubt Ellen Andel has what it takes to be a US Congresswoman to those who know her. The dedication and determination that she puts into everything will ensure her continue success.
    Ellen’s resume is certainly more impressive than that of the present incumbent at the White House.

  3. OBIWAN Says:

    Can we just be blunt?

    Elected to anything in Juno Beach means no real Libertarian, Conservative, TEA Party, Moderate Republican…
    … at best a JFK Democrat with extreme ‘social conscience’.

    Ask the same question Joe Negron now admits he kept private under direct constituent questioning… do you own a gun and feel the 2nd Amendment is an inviolate right ?

  4. kelly Says:

    Elizabeth, I don’t doubt Ellen’s dedication and determination. You lose credibility when you make it partian with a stupid comment about the President. You really think having already served a term as President of the US is not more impressive than Vice Mayor of Juno Beach?

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    @Kelly – So my comment is stupid and yours is not? Those who read my comment know that I’m talking about Obama’s first term. You’re angry because?????? I’m entitled to my opinion and if you don’t like it, go suck an egg but don’t call me names. I’m done with you and your comments. This blog is for local political comments Not for cat fight. Go to another website if you’re in the mood to insult someone.

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