This race could be the hottest re-match in Broward: former Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl, a Democrat, said today he filed his paperwork to run against County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, the commission's lone Republican.
The two are expected to face off in Broward's District 4 which spans parts of several cities in northeast Broward including Fort Lauderdale. (A little-known Democrat has filed but he has had some past troubles.)
The District 4 will draw interest throughout the county and beyond: LaMarca is a former Broward GOP chair and Keechl was Broward's first openly gay county commissioner. In 2010, Keechl far outspent LaMarca but was criticized for some of his campaign spending and lost.
But the swing seat now leans more left and LaMarca won't have the benefit of sharing the ballot of U.S. Rep. Allen West who won in the same 2010 election in an overlapping district. It will benefit Keechl to emphasize party affiliation while LaMarca will focus on nonpartisan issues such as beach renourishment and libraries.
Currently Keechl lives in nearby District 7.
"Yes, I'm planning to move back to District 4," Keechl said in an email. "I'm looking for a home in Ft. Lauderdale right now."
Keechl recently left the KO law firm and opened his own firm in Wilton Manors. He says having his own firm will give him more time to campaign.