Pafford wins Dem leadership contest; pledges of unity (again)by John Kennedy | September 25th, 2013
Rep. Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach was elected Wednesday night as incoming House Democratic leader, pledging to stabilize a caucus still rattled by the sudden ouster of his predecessor.
Pafford overcame a challenge from Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, in securing the Democrats’ top spot for 2014-16.
Pafford won the election over Williams, 29-12, with one abstention, positioning him to become the Legislature’s first Democratic leader from Palm Beach County in more than a decade.
“We have hit the reset button,” Pafford said following the vote. “We are one.”
Williams also vowed to rally behind Pafford’s leadership.
“Iron sharpens iron,” Williams said. “We are both better for going through this.”