Boca Raton healthcare executive John “J.B.” Bensmihen announced he will be posting solid fundraising numbers in his campaign to unseat two-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel.
Bensmihen, a self-described moderate Republican, says he raised over $100,000 in the second quarter of 2015 for his bid for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, the Democratic-leaning region of Palm Beach and Broward.
Frankel, the former mayor of West Palm Beach, was elected to her second term last November in a close race against Republican Paul Spain.
“I am running for Congress for four reasons; first because the people of the 22nd District have no voice in the U.S. House right now,” Bensmihen says on his website. “If elected I will be a voice of moderation and reason, a voice for the people of this district and, importantly, I will be in the majority where I will be in a position of leadership to get things done.”
Bensmihen currently serves as executive director of the Private Care Association and is the former owner of United Elder Care Services and Boca Home Care Inc. He also sits on the Governing Board of West Boca Medical Center and is a member of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.
CD 22 had previously been represented by Tea Party Republican Allen West until he lost re-election after 2012 redistricting. The redrawn district, which includes the City of West Palm Beach, now leans Democratic by a margin of 41-30, which leaves a large group of independent voters who could be open to Bensmihen, a moderate Republican.
Campaign financing reports to the Federal Election Commission are due July 15 for the quarter ending June 30.