Today, May 28, 2015, Districts 3 and 7 are adding more candidates to the roster. On May 26, 2015, Florida Representative Democrat David Keller announced he is running for District three of the Palm Beach County Commission which is being vacated by term-limited Shelley Vana. Also, today Haverhill Town Councilman Lawrence Gordon sent out a press release announcing his intent to run for District 7 for Palm Beach County Commission which is being vacated by Priscilla Taylor. Taylor is leaving the seat to run for U.S. House of Representative District 18. No Republicans or Libertarians have filed to run for either seat as of this morning. Qualification continues into June 2016 for those seeking to run for the elective offices.
As of this morning, Kerner and one other Democrat have filed for District 3 according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Election’s website. David Kerner will leave his Florida House job to run for District 3. Kerner is a civil trial attorney with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. The other candidate is Greg Freebold who has loaned his campaign $10,000 and has received two other contributions since his filing last month. One of those contributing is from Daniel Clark, town administrator to Lake Clarke Shores, Florida, in the amount of $500.
Palm Beach County Commission District 7 has three candidates who have filed to run for the office – all Democrats. The three candidates are Rubin Anderson, Mack Bernard, and Cedrick Thomas. Anderson has unsuccessfully run for Governor of Florida and Mayor of West Palm Beach in the past. Anderson has not raised any campaign funds, according to his most recent campaign reports. He is a pastor and a retired owner of a landscaping company. Bernard has run unsuccessfully for Florida Senate and Florida House in the past. This time around he has raised over $33,000 for his run for the District 7 seat. Thomas has raised $1,100 and has been a controversial Riviera Beach Councilman. Last year Thomas faced ethics charges stemming from when he worked for code enforcement for South Bay, Florida. In 2010, Thomas was dealt a judgment to pay over $200,000 in an unpaid loan related to his failed bus charter company. In 2012, Chaz Stevens profiled a “pay for play” complaint against Thomas.
Lawrence Gordon, who has not yet filed, stated today in his press release, “My life has been a tremendous journey, from the cotton fields of Greenville, Mississippi where I worked as a boy, to the honor of serving my hometown of Haverhill as a council member. The time is right for me to offer my services and experience to all of the residents of District seven. I am looking forward to meeting the voters on the campaign trail before the August 2016 Democratic Primary and sharing our message that County Government is accountable to all of our residents, particularly our most vulnerable citizens.”
It is unclear who of these candidates will make it through the qualification period in June 2016 or how many other candidates will join the two races to change the makeup of the Palm Beach County Commission. All of the above candidates are Democrats for the two Democratically strong districts.