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Broward Mayor Ritter interviews with Obama administration

Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter interviewed with President Elect Barack Obama's transition team today in Washington D.C. but says she isn't going anywhere immediately.

"This is a long process -- it could take four, five, six months,'' she said.

Ritter said she has expressed an interest in jobs in the energy or commerce departments. A former state legislator, Ritter said one of her goals this year as mayor is to make the county more energy efficient.

There has been talk for months about whether Ritter and her lobbyist husband Russ Klenet will go to Washington, D.C. but the question has been whether she will get an offer for a sufficiently prominent position to give up her mayoral post.

Ritter was an early supporter of Obama's candidacy and a key leader in his South Florida campaign. If she leaves Broward, vice mayor Ken Keechl would take over as mayor becoming the first openly gay commissioner to lead the county.





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