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Sachs’ supporters back Maria at her campaign kickoff

She’s back. Former state senator Maria Sachs picked up where she left off at her kickoff for a county commission seat.

“This isn’t about partisan politics. We have real live issues,” she said Thursday at the South County Civic Center. “We have a history. We have a future. My commitment is to be part of the government you deserve.”

The district has no city governments, but advocacy groups like the West Boca Community Council serve the communities she wants to represent, Sachs said.

Sachs filed to replace District 5 Commissioner Mary Lou Berger, who’s term limited. Part of the district covers the western county swatch of Boca. Commissioner Robert Weinroth, whose district covers the city, introduced and endorsed her.

Sachs picked up endorsements from former congressman Ron Klein and former state representative Irv Slosberg. Both were there and spoke highly of her track record in the legislature.

State Rep. Tina Polsky, whose district 81 includes a narrow strip of west Boca, called Sachs a “trailblazer” for her work on women’s issues. “She didn’t come out of retirement,” but continued to advocate for serious issues, added Polsky, who endorsed her. She called Sachs “tenacious.”

Out of politics for three years, Sachs spoke against human trafficking in Florida and has made that her issue.

Also there were Boca philanthropist Christine E. Lynn, board chair of Boca Regional Hospital; Rita Thrasher and Faulk Center for Counseling CEO Vicki Katz representing mental health advocacy.

Sachs did shoutouts for Boca activists Holocaust Museum and education’s Arlene Herson; Alzheimer fundraiser Pamela Polani and Tri County Animal Rescue board chair Sharon DiPietro.

“We need a government worthy of these people,” she said.

A lawyer and small business owner, Sachs served in the Florida House of Representatives for four years before her state senate stint from 2010 to 2016. She lives in west Boca and is married to lawyer Peter Sachs. They have raised a blended family of five children and three grandchildren.

By Marci Shatzman

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