Republican state representatives Ellyn Bogdanoff, of Fort Lauderdale, and Carl Domino, of Jupiter, officially jumped into the race for Sen. Jeff Atwater's Broward-Palm Beach state Senate district, releasing formal statements on Wednesday.
Atwater, Senate President and North Palm Beach Republican announced Tuesday that he will run for chief financial officer, creating a wide open race for the coastal state Senate district that runs from Fort Lauderdale to Juno Beach.
About 35 percent of the district is in Broward County with the rest in Palm Beach. Republicans have a slight edge in the district, with 39 percent of voters registered Republican and 36 percent registered Democratic in the last election.
Bogdanoff was elected in a 2004 special election. She served as the Majority Whip from 2006 until 2008 and now serves as the chairwoman of the House Finance & Tax Council. Her House District stretches also stretches up the coast, running from Dania Beach to Boca Raton.
Domino was elected in 2002 and served as Majority Whip between 2004 and 2006. He now chairs the House budget committee that oversees seniors spending. Domino's House district includes the portion of the Palm Beach coast running from North Palm Beach to Jupiter as will as parts of Palm Beach Gardens.
Republican Nick Loeb, of Delray Beach, also has announced plans to run for the state Senate seat.
See below for the statements by Bogdanoff and Domino.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Today, State Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff announced that she will seek the office of State Senate, District 25, the seat being vacated by Senate President Jeff Atwater as he launches his campaign for CFO.
"Serving as a Florida Legislator is an incredible experience, and I am deeply honored by the strong support my constituents have given me the past three elections," said Ellyn. "Florida faces many challenges while also providing great opportunities, and I believe I can continue to make a difference by serving in the Florida Senate."
Senate District 25 overlaps with 10 House districts. Nearly one third of the Senate district—over 90,000 voters—overlaps with Bognanoff's House District 91, by far the largest share of the Senate district. Furthermore, over 98 percent of Bogdanoff's House District 91 are also voters in this Senate race.
Ellyn Bogdanoff has served in the Florida House of Representatives since 2004 and has been a strong voice for lower taxes, economic opportunity, and education reform. She was successful in passing anti-bullying legislation, which was signed by Gov. Charlie Crist. She is currently Chair of the Finance and Tax Council, where she stopped numerous bills to raise taxes or eliminate exemptions.
Ellyn, a Florida native, has been a business owner for over 25 years and is currently a practicing attorney in Fort Lauderdale, where she lives with her husband, Steven, and their three children. She has been a foster parent and currently serves as a Guardian ad litem.
And Domino's statement:
Palm Beach Gardens – Republican State Representative Carl Domino today filed his paperwork at the Florida Department of State to run in the open State Senate seat in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. S.D. 25 will be an open seat in 2010 because Senator Atwater is leaving the seat early to run for statewide office.
“I was elected to Jeff Atwater’s State House seat when he ran for the Senate,” Domino said. “As his roommate in Tallahassee during the Legislative Session, I know personally that we have some big shoes to fill and a lot of hard work ahead of us.”
“Today I am announcing I will seek the Republican nomination for the State Senate,” Domino stated.
The open seat runs along the coast of Palm Beach and Broward Counties, from Juno Beach down to the Ft. Lauderdale. Approximately 65% of the Senate District lies in Palm Beach County and another 35% is in Broward County.
“This is an important campaign that will help determine the future of our region,” Domino added. “We plan to vigorously campaign not only in local neighborhoods throughout the District, and also on TV, radio, and in the mailboxes.”
Carl Domino is serving his fourth term in the Florida House of Representatives. He has been the leader in the fight to lower property taxes. His portability tax proposal garnered over 64% approval statewide from Florida voters. Next fall, voters will once again vote on a Constitutional Amendment Rep. Domino put forward which will reduce property taxes further, including a first-time homebuyers’ tax exemption. Rep. Domino also worked closely with Senator Atwater to help bring the Scripps Research Institute to South Florida and create hundreds of high paying jobs.
“We need conservatives in Tallahassee that fit the Atwater model: experienced in the public and private sectors, with a strong value system that reflects the voters of this district,” he said. “Starting today, we will bring our grassroots campaign to all corners of the District in both counties.”