Congresswoman Lois Frankel will have an opponent this time when she runs for re-election. And all 435 house seats are up for grabs on Nov. 3, 2020.
Political newcomer, Republican Christian Acosta, kicks off his campaign tonight, May 22 at Museum 66 in Boynton Beach.
A nuclear engineer, he went to Omni Middle School here in Boca, then Atlantic High in Delray. He teaches at Palm Beach State College. And he was raised in an Air Force family that moved here when his dad retired.
See our Q&A with Acosta below.
In Congress since 2012, Frankel ran unopposed for the District 21 seat last year. That gave the Democrat an automatic fourth term. Her district runs from Wellington to Pompano Beach.
Frankel was in good company. Some 40 House of Representative members had uncontested races last year, according to the Washington Post.
But that won’t happen again. The former West Palm Beach mayor and Acosta have each filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The site shows Acosta has raised and spent zero so far.
Frankel’s total receipts are $93,023.60; total disbursements $84,997.18 and On Hand, $975,102.30.
As a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee, Frankel advocated for $10 million in new funding for Veterans Student Service Centers, which provide resources to student veterans transitioning from military to civilian life, according to her office. Her son Ben is a U.S. Marines war veteran.
Q&A with Christian Acosta
Q: Why did you agree to run against an established congresswoman?
A: All the people I meet tell me they don’t feel they’re represented here. They deserve to have a representative who listens to them.
Q: Where you already active in the Republican Party?
A: I already knew a lot of people. I was a general volunteer for candidates. I helped people get credentialed and I did poll watching in 2018. I was one of the liaisons with the Supervisor of Elections office.
Q: Did your background have anything to do with why the party chose you as a candidate?
A: They’re ecstatic someone with my background is willing to run. My grandfather was from Spain. My mother and grandmother are from Argentina. My father is from Puerto Rico. He’s a retired U.S. Air Force major. I’m bilingual.
Q: Talk about who you are personally.
A: I’ll be 36 on June 5. I’m been married to Rachel for two years. My parents and grandparents have lived here since the mid-90s when my father retired from the military. I went to Omni Middle School and Atlantic High. I have a master’s degree in nuclear engineering and master’s in management. My parents still live in West Boca. They’ll have a chance to vote for me. So will my grandmother. She’s 95.
Q: Do you know the registration figures for District 21?
A: 28 percent are Republican, 42 percent are Democrats, and 33 percent are undecided.
Q: How will you campaign, especially in the gated communities that don’t allow politicking?
A: We started early and we have enough time. This is a grassroots campaign. I’ll speak to clubs and in homes. We can still meet people and they can tell their neighbors.
By Marci Shatzman