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Abruzzo confirms bid for new south Palm Beach County Senate district

State Sen. Joe Abruzzo, D-Wellington, made official today his plans to seek re-election in the newly drawn Senate District 29, which includes most of the southern half of Palm Beach County.

And in an attempt to boost his chances in a potential primary battle against fellow state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, Abruzzo also announced a flurry of endorsements from local and county officials -- including a few from Sachs' current district.

New configurations for all 40 Senate districts were set in the map approved last week by Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds and awaiting final approval by the Florida Supreme Court.

Both Abruzzo and Sachs had declared interest in the new District 29, which includes much of Abruzzo's current district and part of Sachs'.

Under the current boundaries, Abruzzo represents most of western and parts of northern Palm Beach County, while Sachs represents coastal areas of south-eastern Palm Beach County and north-eastern Broward County.

Abruzzo, who was elected in 2012, announced support today from Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, as well as Palm Beach County state Reps. Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach, Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth and Broward County Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs.

County Commissioners Melissa McKinlay and Shelley Vana, former County Commissioner Burt Aaronson and city officials from Belle Glade, South Bay and Wellington -- many of them Democrats -- also threw their support behind Abruzzo.

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