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J.B. Bensmihen posts $100K in race to unseat Lois Frankel in CD 22

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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.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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