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Gelber's seat up for grabs in 2008

Miami Beach City Commissioner Richard Steinberg is eager for a promotion.

He has announced - 21 months before the election - that he is running for the Florida House seat currently represented by Dan Gelber. Gelber, the House Democratic Leader, cannot run for another term in 2008.

Steinberg, an attorney and a Democrat, was elected to the Miami Beach City Commission in 2001. He also serves on governing board of the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

His father, Paul Steinberg, served in the Legislature from 1972 to 1982.

Steinberg -- showing a healthy skepticism toward next week's special session on insurance -- said in a written statement that his top priority if elected in 2008 would be lowering rates.