Palm Beach Post endorses Jeff Clemens in closely contested Dem. primary for SD 27

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Jeff Clemens won the endorsement of the Palm Beach Post in the closely contested Democratic primary for Senate District 27. Clemens is running against his House colleague Mack Bernard.

A couple of excerpts from the Post’s editorial:

“As Democratic members of the Florida House, Mack Bernard and Jeff Clemens share positions on many issues. Where they differ makes Rep. Clemens the better choice for the new Senate District 27 seat, which includes most of central Palm Beach County from Lake Worth to Lark Park and west to Florida’s Turnpike.”

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ep. Bernard voted for the “inspirational messages” bill that authorizes mandatory school prayer if local districts approve. “I represent a majority-minority district,” he said, “where prayer is really important.” Minority residents in District 84 can pray anywhere, even in school. So can all Floridians. Students, though, should not have to listen to those prayers. Rep. Bernard also voted to expand the voucher program that siphons money from public schools to support private religious schools, despite his professed support for public education.”

“Rep. Clemens voted against all those bills. He said he doesn’t try to pass many bills because most legislation pushed by Democrats in a Republican-dominated Legislature is insignificant. He’s running for the Senate because ‘the Senate is where bad legislation goes to get killed,’ he said, correctly, ‘and I want to be a part of killing it.’ “

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