Republican Priore won’t run for western county commission seat, endorses Democrat Fosterby George Bennett | September 24th, 2013
Former Wellington mayor Carmine Priore said today he will not run for the western District 6 seat on the Palm Beach County commission in 2014.
Priore, a Republican, said he’s endorsing Democrat Kathy Foster for the seat.
Priore and Foster served together on the Wellington village council and, before it was incorporated, the old Acme Improvement District board.
“I’m really enthusiastic about supporting her,” Priore said. “I’ve worked with her personally…She’ll be able to work with the other commissioners to get good things accomplished.”
Foster and Royal Palm Beach Councilman Fred Pinto have opened Democratic campaigns for the seat of term-limited Commissioner Jess Santamaria. Former Royal Palm Beach councilwoman Martha Webster says she, too, will enter the Democratic primary race soon.
Democrats hold a 12.6-point registration advantage over Republicans in District 6. With his 20-year history of holding nonpartisan office, Priore was seen as a Republican who could potentially overcome the GOP’s disadvantage.
But his decision not to run wasn’t a big surprise, nor was his decision to endorse a Democrat. When there was speculation four years ago that Democrat Santamaria might not seek re-election in 2010, Priore said he’d consider running if the seat were vacant but otherwise would endorse Santamaria for a second term.