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Obama endorses only candidate with Boca ties

Democratic candidate Jim Bonfiglio never met former President Barak Obama, but he just nabbed his endorsement. He’s the only Obama endorsement nationally in a district that includes Boca Raton.

“My six degrees of separation is Joe Biden’s brother Frank who lived three doors from me,” Bonfiglio said. “He moved to Atlantis but we’re still in touch.” Joe Biden, of course, is the Democratic presidential nominee.

This is the former Ocean Ridge mayor’s second run for the Florida House against District 89 State Rep. Mike Caruso. Only 32 votes separated them in the 2018 race. Bonfiglio had to sue over the timing of a recount. But a federal court judge remanded the decision back to the county elections supervisor. At that point, he stood down.

Now he’s back on the Nov. 3 ballot. He even sent a new voter registration postcard to new voter President Donald Trump. “He’s in my district. He didn’t reply,” Bonfiglio said.

The 89th district goes all the way from east Boca to Singer Island. And the registration is close, even though the district sways more Republican, he said. Thousands are registered non-partisan or third party. And with so few votes separating he and Caruso last time, Bonfiglio he thinks he has a good chance.

His platform includes “an equitable and just response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will ensure that all those with pre-existing conditions have fair health coverage. And we will continue to fight to protect our coastal environment,” he said in a campaign statement.

He’s especially up on climate change with beach erosion and sea rise from his Ocean Ridge days, he added.

Bonfiglio said he also picked up endorsements from state agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried and Congresswoman Lois Frankel.

By Marci Shatzman

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