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Former state Rep. Harper wants to return to state House

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by George Bennett

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Former Democratic state Rep. James Henry “Hank” Harper Jr. says he’s running for the state House seat that Rep. Mack Bernard, D-West Palm Beach, is giving up to run for state Senate.

Bernard aide Bobby Powell and Riviera Beach Councilman Cedrick Thomas, both Dems, are also interested in running for the minority-dominated District 88 seat, which runs from Lake Park to Delray Beach, generally east of Interstate 95.

Harper was elected to the House in 2000 but gave up his seat in 2004 for an unsuccessful challenge of former County Commissioner Addie Greene. He planned to run in a special 2009 state House election but failed to qualify for the ballot because of a paperwork problem.

Ex-Rep. Harper endorses Thomas in House 84 special election

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 by George Bennett

Former Democratic state Rep. James Henry “Hank” Harper Jr., who this week failed to qualify for an Aug. 25 special state House election because of a paperwork mixup, will announce this afternoon that he’s endorsing Riviera Beach Councilman Cedrick Thomas in the race over Delray Beach City Commissioner Mack Bernard.

Harper noted that Thomas lives in District 84 while Bernard currently does not. The seat was represented by Priscilla Taylor until she was appointed this month to the Palm Beach County Commission.

“I know that Cedrick has been very involved in the district. It is necessary for me to support someone who has at least worked diligently in the district,” Harper said. He and Thomas are slated to appear together at a 3 p.m. news conference at Riviera Beach City Hall.

Election qualifying paperwork? D’oh!!!!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 by George Bennett

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Opening a campaign and actually qualifying for a spot on the ballot are two different things in Florida. The distinction can confuse ordinary citizens or first-time candidates. It also tripped up former Democratic state Rep. James Henry “Hank” Harper Jr. on Tuesday, even though he’s been through the qualifying process three times before.

Click here to read how Harper failed to qualify for the special election to fill the state House District 84 seat.

Harper out of state House 84 special election?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 by George Bennett

Though he collected enough signatures to get on the ballot for a special state House election, the Florida Division of Elections says former Democratic state Rep. James Henry “Hank” Harper Jr. did not qualify for the race to replace Priscilla Taylor.

Two other Democrats — Riviera Beach Councilman Cedrick Thomas and Delray Beach City Commissioner Mack Bernard — qualified for the District 84 race before today’s noon deadline.

Harper said he was unaware of any problem with his candidate paperwork and planned to call the Division of Elections for an explanation.

“The Division of Elections did not receive qualifying papers for Mr. Harper,” a spokeswoman for the Florida Secretary of State said in an e-mail.

With no other candidates running, an Aug. 25 primary will decide who serves the final 14 months of Taylor’s House term. Taylor left her House seat when Gov. Charlie Crist appointed her to a Palm Beach County commission vacancy.

The race is on for Rep. Priscilla Taylor’s state House seat

Friday, June 26th, 2009 by George Bennett

Delray Beach City Commissioner Mack Bernard announced today he’s running for the state House District 84 seat of Rep. Priscilla Taylor, D-West Palm Beach, now that Taylor has announced she’s running for Palm Beach County commission in 2010.

Former state Rep. James Henry “Hank” Harper Jr. and Riviera Beach Councilman Cedrick Thomas say they’re also interested in Taylor’s seat. Riviera Beach Councilman Shelby Lowe says a state House run is a possibility for him.

Don’t be surprised if more names emerge.

Bernard and all the potential candidates are Democrats. Dems hold roughly a 4-to-1 registration edge in Taylor’s district.

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