BY BUDDY NEVINS
There is a South Broward candidate who is running as a clone of state Rep. Elaine Schwartz.
Elaine Geller, who is running to take over for term-limited Schwartz in District 99, writes on BlueBroward:
“It is critical that we have another staunch fighter for the middle class as Rep. Elaine Schwartz has been – whose blessing I am proud to have and whose time-limited seat I would fill.”
So I looked at Schwartz’s recent record to see what all the crowing is about.
2013? No significant bills passed, either as a sponsor or co-sponsor. Oh, she did pass Healthcare Decisions Day and National Memory Screening Day.
2012? Only a Women’s History Month recognition passed.
2011? Women’s History Month and National Memory Day.
Compared that with freshman state Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation.
Edwards co-sponsored more than a dozen bills that passed. Meaningful bills.
To be fair, one House member cited Schwartz’s work behind-the-scene shaping legislation. The same House member noted that she amends bills in committees to make them less unpalatable to Broward.
But she is no powerful voice for Democratic viewpoints on the House floor….unless you consider passing Women’s History Month resolutions noteworthy.
Luckily, South Broward residents have another Democratic candidate next year – Evan Jenne.
Because under Term Limits which govern the House, Jenne will have a tremendous advantage. If elected, he would be the only in-coming House member in 2014 with six years already under his belt.
He served from 2006 to 2012.
He already has relationships with the staff and members of the Senate who served with him in the House.
My early take on this race: Jenne is the rare House candidate who can hit the ground running.
Mayor Jack Seiler of Fort Lauderdale, one Jenne’s former House colleagues, obviously thinks Jenne did a good job in Tallahassee: