Florida Democratic Party ‘investing’ in nonpartisan Wellington council racesby 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 MyPalmBeachPost.com can read more about the Wellington race and other partisan involvement in nonpartisan municipal elections in this week’s Politics column.