BY BUDDY NEVINS
Tallahassee legislators seem to be recycled more frequently than plastic bottles.
Evan Jenne opened a campaign account a few days ago to run for Florida House District 99. The state’s election website wrongly reported he was running for District 100 and Jenne told Browardbeat.com he would seek to correct that error.
Son of former Sheriff Ken Jenne, Evan Jenne was elected to the Florida House in 2006. He was redistricted out of his seat in 2012 — two years before term limits kicked in — and made a short-lived bid for the county commission.
Jenne is running for the South Broward district now held by state Rep. Elaine Schwartz, D-Hollywood, who must leave Tallahassee in 2014 because of term limits.
Under state law, term limits for House members are eight years or four terms. After sitting out a term or running for another district — Jenne is doing both — a member can run again.
Here is what I mean about recycling:
Jenne, a former House member, quest to return to elected official s not unusual among legislators unwilling to end their careers because of term limits.
State Rep. Joseph Gibbons, a Hallandale Beach Democrat also term limited out next year, is running for a South Broward county commission seat in the 2014 election.
If Gibbons wins, he will join three other former colleagues from the Florida House now serving on the commission: Tim Ryan, Stacy Ritter and Martin Kiar, all Ds.
Such former Tallahassee pols as one-time state Rep. Josephus Eggelletion and former state Senate President Jim Scott have also served on the Broward County Commission.
So Jenne is just one more pol who apparently can’t stay away from elected office.
When Jenne dropped out of the commission race last year, the 35-year-old told Browardbeat.com he would not rule out running “somewhere down the line.”
“Somewhere down the line” was just one year later.Share This »