BY BUDDY NEVINS
Kristin Jacobs isn’t going away when her 16 years on the county commission ends next year because of term limits.
That’s a good thing to a lot of Democrats.
Because Jacob is Broward’s most dedicated environmentalist, transit advocate and voice for working folks.
Jacobs is running for the Florida House next year in the seat now held by state Rep. Jim Waldman. Waldman is term limited out.
She will announce for office sometime in early July.
House District 96 is a good fit for Jacobs.
Stretching across a largely Democratic patch of North Broward, about 75 percent of her county commission district is in the House district. She has represented North Broward on the county commission since beating then-incumbent Sylvia Poitier in a stunning upset in 1998.
It’s been a long time.
During that first campaign, her son Mitch was 4. He would come home from a night of campaigning with his face covered with lipstick from all the kisses condo ladies would plant.
Today at 19, Mitch is in college and working at Yosemite National Park in California for the summer.
“Where did all the time go?” Jacobs, 53, mused this week.
The time wasn’t wasted for Jacobs. She spent it learning the issues.
Jacob’s love for the environment blossomed into her belief that our resources need to be safeguarded, especially our water. She is an outspoken spokeswoman for water quality issues on the County Commission. She is scheduled to give committee testimony in Washington next month about the future of our water supplies.
Her work with Tri-Rail has convinced her that South Florida needs alternatives to the car or we will smother on gasoline fumes.
Her environmental and transportation stands position Broward for the future. Her work passing the Living Wage Ordinance has been helping working folks for years.
The Living Wage requires the county and some of its vendors to pay workers more than a minimum wage. It is currently $11.46-per-hour with health benefits and $12.95-per-hour without health benefits.
Her work for the lower rungs of the work force pay scale won her union support in her past elections.
So far, Jacobs only opponent is Steve Perman, a chiropractor who is seeking a return to the House. He represented Martin, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties from 2010-2012 and is largely untested in Broward (He has a house in Coral Springs since 1994, apparently while representing other places in Florida. Hmmmmm.).
Perman is going to have support from his old buddies in the House, chiropractors and others who have campaign money to spread around. Waldman, the current representative in House District 96, has already endorsed him.
As a sitting county commissioner, Jacobs should have no trouble raising money.
She’ll need every dime.
This one is going to be tough, but I gotta believe Jacobs with her strong Democratic background and her long tenure in the district has a big head start.