Six years in the state Legislature is enough for state Rep. Marty Kiar. The Democrat from Davie will leave the House in 2012 to seek an open seat on the Broward County Commission being vacated by the term-limited Ilene Lieberman of Lauderhill.
"It's always been my dream to serve on the County Commission," said Kiar, 34. "You can vote on Tuesday and help people on Wednesday." He said he longs to serve in local government, which is subject to the Sunshine Law, and that the level of back room dealing in Tallahassee is a "disgrace."
Kiar said his decision to quit the Legislature is motivated by a desire to be closer to his young family, and has nothing to do with reapportionment. A map of Senate districts that's before the full Senate redraws the West Broward district seat held by Democrat Nan Rich so that it becomes a predominantly Palm Beach County seat, and is being eyed by Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington. "It's hard on my family, being away for so long," he said.
The District 1 commission seat encompasses Weston, Sunrise, Plantation and small parts of Davie, Lauderhill and Tamarac. Kiar faces an Aug. 14 primary against Lauderhill City Commissioner Howard Berger. Commissioners earn more than $90,000 a year, about three times as much as a state legislator.
-- Steve Bousquet