Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes says she hasn’t figured out whether she will run for re-election next year.
When we asked Snipes the same question in January she said she wouldn’t decide until after the municipal elections in March.
“I thought after the election I would be closer to knowing what I’d like to do,” Snipes said in an interview Friday. “It’s a great position, we do great work but I just haven’t really figured it out.”
Snipes, 72, said she has no timeline to reach a decision and isn’t leaning either way.
“I feel like I am standing right in the middle,” she said.
Snipes was first appointed to the job by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2003 and then won elections in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
The qualifying period isn’t until June 2016 but by not making a decision, Snipes is essentially creating an empty field because potential contenders generally want to know her plans before they decide whether to jump into the race. (See our earlier posts about potential and rumored candidates.)
Snipes is the only Broward constitutional officer who hasn’t announced her intentions for next year: Sheriff Scott Israel is seeking re-election while Clerk of Courts Howard Forman and Property Appraiser Lori Parrish are retiring. Forman’s wife Brenda has filed to run for his seat and County Commissioner Martin Kiar has filed to run for Parrish’s job.
The election will coincide with the presidential election which means that a Democrat would have a major advantage in any countywide race in left-leaning Broward.