HD 89 hopeful David Silvers to hold petition drive a week past deadline

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David Silvers is a Palm Beach businessperson with a plan — as a Democrat — to unseat incumbent GOP Rep. Bill Hager in the wealthy, Republican-leaning House District 89.

Silvers launched his campaign with an energetic call to action for the Boca Raton/Palm Beach district, through a door-knocking, get-out-the-support effort designed to get the candidate on the ballot by petition. The required number of valid signatures required for inclusion on the HD 89 ballot in November are 1,190.

Again, a worthy goal.

An email to Silvers’ supporters even hit all right marks for a grassroots effort:

“Help David Silvers flip a house seat from red to blue & knock out GOP incumbent Bill Hager in HD-89!  Meet us this Saturday, May 24, at our new Lake Worth office to knock on doors and gather petitions to get David on the ballot.”

Silvers sees the district a “true swing district,” where every voter they reach “makes a difference.”

All the campaign asked from volunteers was for a couple of hours on a Saturday, for a chance to “flip a district from red to BLUE.”

Enthusiasm is one thing, but Silvers missed one small factor, proving the campaign was indeed long on gusto, yet short on details.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, Monday, May 19 — at noon — was the deadline for statewide, multi-county, county and district candidates seeking to qualify by the petition method to submit signed petitions to Supervisors of Elections.


Silvers refers to himself as “an experienced businessman,” someone who has “created local jobs, balanced budgets, and knows what government can do to create a strong environment for economic growth.”

But he also appears to be someone who desperately needs a calendar.

Silvers, in his challenge to the two-term Hager, has the support of the Palm Beach Democratic Party, a group supposedly well versed in Florida election laws and procedures.

Instead of Party support, all Silvers could have really used was a simple heads-up, letting his campaign know that they were a week past the deadline for submitting petitions.

Doesn’t seem like much to ask.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.