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Get ready for Zoom politics and familiar names rerunning

This is the official start of the political season and you’ll see familiar names for districts covering Boca and the suburbs. After filing to run, candidates have to complete qualifying this week, noon June 8 through noon June 12.

Maria Sachs and Irv Slosberg are making political comebacks in the Aug. 18 primary. Running for re-election are incumbents like Palm Beach County school board chairman Frank Barbieri Jr., who also represents Boca public schools. Three of the five Boca Raton Greater Beach and Park District seats are up for grabs, two contested.

Countywide posts like Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, property appraiser Dorothy Jacks and tax collector Anne Gannon are running again. Here’s Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link’s candidates’ list that will change after Friday. Link’s up for re-election herself.

That list includes opponents and how much money each candidate has raised so far. That sum greatly depends on the timing. For instance, Sachs, a state senator from 2010 to 2016, is running for the Palm Beach County commission seat vacated by Mary Lou Berger, who’s term limited. Sachs launched her campaign locally last September and kept her name alive as a speaker and attended events after she left office.

Slosberg was a state representative from 2000 to 2006 and 2010 to 2016. He’s chairman of the Kings Point Democratic Club in Delray and chairs the nonprofit Dori Saves Lives he co-founded with his daughter State Rep. Emily Slosberg after her twin was killed in a 1996 car crash. He’ll continue to run on a public safety platform. And plans to campaign, even in this age of pandemic laws that discourage the usual rallies. “I have been in public service for over 20 years and the lack of fundraising events will not stop me from raising money,” Slosberg said.

Beach and Parks commissioner Craig Ehrnst, who is unopposed so far, had a campaign kickoff via Zoom last Thursday. He asked for support for another term and said he has a passion for the job.

Here’s a list of all the offices in Florida up for election and retention in 2020 including the Nov. 3 general election.


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