Fort Lauderdale Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff is close to a verdict on whether she will again face Democratic Sen. Maria Sachs in November, telling the Miami Herald she will probably decide sometime next week.
If Bogdanoff does run, it could shape up to be the most expensive and aggressive legislative battles in the Palm Beach/Broward region.
With the district at an 8-point Democratic edge in registered voters, staff writer Amy Sherman notes that higher Republican turnout in non-presidential years could be a factor in Bogdanoff entering the race.
“I am a risk taker,” she told the Sherman in an interview on Friday. “I’m not a kamikaze pilot. If there is a real opportunity to win the seat, I will be in the race.”
Redistricting put Bogdanoff and Sachs, who were both in the Legislature at the time, squaring off in the same district in 2012. Sachs won House District 34 by six points to represent much of Palm Beach County.
Sachs faced an ethics complaint last year when a Republican voter filed a grievance over her leasing a Fort Lauderdale apartment from political consultant Judy Stern, a longtime friend, to conform to residency requirements. However, the Ethics Commission does not have any say on the residency requirements in election laws.
As a result, lawmakers unanimously passed new rules last session requiring them to live in districts they were voted to represent.