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Gunzburger and Geller line up supporters for 2010 battle

The Broward County Commission race between incumbent Sue Gunzburger and former state Sen. Steve Geller is nearly two years away, but the longtime Democratic officials are already in a race to pick up supporters.

Gunzburger will have her first fundraiser Dec. 3 and lists more than 200 people on her host committee including Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Clerk of Courts Howard Forman, Broward Democratic Party Chair Mitch Ceasar, Pembroke Pines City Commissioner Angelo Castillo, former  Attorney General Bob Butterworth and former Congressman Peter Deutsch.

And the list also includes veteran campaign consultants Stan Adkins, Barbara Miller and Judy Stern.

"I've got an opponent so I have to get started early,'' Gunzburger said. "I told him I plan to run a vigorous campaign against him.''

Geller says the people on Gunzburger's committee aren't necessarily exclusively endorsing her.

"When I release my list I assure you you are going to see many of the same names,'' said Geller, who  said he will release his list in December.

A poll conducted by pollster Jim Kane in July for the political website www.browardbeat.com showed Geller up by 14 percentage points. Geller, who currently lives in Cooper City, will have to move to the district which includes Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Pembroke Pines -- areas he represented in the state Legislature.

Geller has raised about $16,000 so far while Gunzburger hasn't raised any funds yet.

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