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Strum won't run for state House in Broward

Now that Shane Strum has been named Gov. Charlie Crist's chief of staff, it means that he won't run for the Legislature in Broward.

Strum had been thinking about running for District 91, the seat being vacated by Ellyn Bogdanoff. Bob Wolfe, a Republican committeeman in Broward, said he received a call from a representative in Crist's office stating that Strum will stay with Crist and not seek his own office.

That's bad news for Broward Republican activists who had been hoping a heavyweight would enter the race. Republicans are eager to hold on to their only state house seat in Broward -- and the voter registration numbers lie in their favor. But so far, two young businessmen with little name recognition are  the only ones to file: David Maymon and Yomin Postelnik.

They will face two Republicans turned Democrats: Barbra Stern, daughter of lobbyist Judy Stern, and Freda Sherman Stevens, who lost a race against Evan Jenne last year.

"There will be other candidates down the road,'' Wolfe said. "We don't know who yet.''