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Environmental administrator to challenge Lois Wexler

The administrator of a little known environmental agency who has a colorful past in Cooper City politics will challenge County Commissioner Lois Wexler.

Russell Setti qualified to run Thursday. He will face Wexler Nov. 4 unless other candidates qualify by noon today which would lead to an Aug. 26 primary.

Setti is the administrator of the Broward Soil and Water Conservation District. In 2006, voters approved his proposal to turn the little known agency into a taxing authority.

He served three terms as  Cooper City mayor in the 1970s at a time when meetings stretched so late commissioners would see the sun rise. The Florida Commission on Ethics found him guilty of failing to disclose conflicts twice while he was mayor and in 1983  he was fined for letting vines grow on his home.

Setti will face an uphill battle against an incumbent who already has $107,000 in her account and will benefit from the visibility of serving as mayor this year.