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Brow Mayor Kristin Jacobs faces former Rep. Steve Perman in house race

With state Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, facing term limits in 2014 two Democrats who have served in office are poised to battle in a primary.

Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs who faces term limits recently filed to run for District 96. She will face Steve Perman, who served as a representative in 2010-12 until he lost a primary challenge to another former state legislator Kevin Rader. Perman served in District 78 which spanned more than 100 miles over five counties including a slice in Broward. He lived in Boca Raton at the time but now lives in Coral Springs where he has owned a home for several years.

Jacobs, a vocal advocate for addressing climate change, is viewed as one of the more liberal members of the county commission. In a 2012 race, she jumped in late against Lois Frankel, a Democrat who won a Broward/Palm Beach seat in Congress. In that race, Jacobs seemed reluctant to criticize her Democratic opponent -- but she seems more fired up this time.

When asked how she differs from Perman, Jacobs said, "Steve Perman gets up there and votes for school vouchers. I'm sorry, that is something I am never going to support."

Perman said that in 2011 he voted for a bill that allowed businesses to direct tax credits to scholarships for low-income children. 

"I had contacted FEA [the Florida Education Association] at the time and they said it wasn't on their radar. ... No way, no how would I have voted for it if it took one thin dime away from public education."

Jacobs, who lives in Pompano Beach, doesn't live in the district but says it encompasses much of the county commission district she represents now. 

Perman's endorsements including Waldman and Frankel.

So far no Republicans have filed to run in this left-leaning district.

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