Juno Beach Vice Mayor Ellen Andel to enter race for Murphy’s congressional seatby George Bennett | May 6th, 2013
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.”