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Florida Democratic Party ‘investing’ in nonpartisan Wellington council races

by George Bennett | February 17th, 2014

For the Florida Democratic Party — shut out of the governorship and all three atatewide cabinet posts, heavily outnumbered in the state House and Senate — one place to cultivate future talent is in nonpartisan municipal elections.

It’s been going on since at least 2003, when the state party funneled more than $100,000 into Lois Frankel‘s successful bid for the nonpartisan mayor’s job in West Palm Beach.

Now state Democrats are spending money on mailers for Wellington council challengers Matt Kurit and Sharon Lascola, who are trying to unseat incumbents (and registered Republicans) Howard Coates and Anne Gerwig, respectively, in the March 11 elections. Coates received county GOP support in a past Wellington council race.

“For the past several years, the party has been investing in local races, and this represents a continuation of those efforts,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesman Joshua Karp.

Subscribers to can read more about the Wellington race and other partisan involvement in nonpartisan municipal elections in this week’s Politics column.

4 Responses to “Florida Democratic Party ‘investing’ in nonpartisan Wellington council races”

  1. Email Pops Says:

    If anyone has ever emailed a Wellington council person, your email address is being used by these democrat candidates and the democrat party.

    Pop-ups appear on your computer advertising these 2 democrat candidates.

    All voters should r-e-f-u-s-e to vote for any candidate who use your email address.

    Hope these two candidates lose, big time.

  2. Steve Says:

    Go Matt & Sharon!They will do great things .

  3. Political Interference=Bad News for Locals Says:

    And this ‘investment’ by ANY political party is the dismantling of hometown rule.

    Before, residents of Wellington voted for the best person. Nowaday, it’s a political party vote.

    This WILL be the ruin of Wellington or for that matter, any city, town or village that gets ‘outside’ interference.

    Reclaim your community and do not let a political party (of ANY persuasion) disrupt your local government.

    It spells doom for home rule because what the ‘political party’ wants/believes becomes the focus of decisions, not what the residents, the locals, may want. What’s ‘best’ for the ‘party’ becomes more important.

    Beware Wellington, and other cities, beware.

    Keep your politics within your boundaries.

    Shame what’s happening to Wellington due to the politicians who are anxious to move THEIR aspirations and agenda above the ‘hometown’ residents.

    It should always be that the best person wins, not the political party.

    Vote down political party influence in Wellington. Get rid of those who put ‘party’ first before residents.

  4. Ryd Says:

    Halloo!!! The Florida Democratic Party is proud to sponsor and support qualified Democratic candidates. It’s what we do. Where is the indignation about shadowy out of state (Palm Beach Post) $$$ flowing into the seats 2 and 3 Republican incumbents’ efforts? Already in the pocket of mega developer Mark Bellissimo, Tea Party incumbent Ann Gerwig is lying low, recusing herself from tough votes, but still approving the distribution of false information flyers against her opponent. You can bet the money isn’t coming from her piggy bank. Anne Gerwig lost all credibility with a whole lot of Wellington voters, when, in 2012, she enthusiastically welcomed and shared a stage with Tea Party extremist Allen West. Welly voters, we can do better than this.

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