BY BUDDY NEVINS
Democratic state Sen. Maria Sachs, accused of currently not living in her district, also claimed to live in an office that was not in her district for three years ending in 2011, according to documents from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.
Sachs registered to vote at 212 N. E. First Avenue, Delray Beach from May 27, 2008 to August 18, 2011.
That address was outside her Palm Beach senate district and was in the area represented by state Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, , according to two Palm Beach County political sources and the map of state Senate districts at the time.
For the last seven months, the small house that Sachs said she lived in was also used as a campaign office for state Rep. Lori Berman, D-Boyton Beach. The address appears on Berman’s campaign documents.
On Monday, Sachs was charged with currently not living in her district by legislative powerhouse state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee.
Latvala had just left a committee meeting where he grilled Barbra Stern, daughter of campaign consultant/lobbyist Judy Stern. Mother and daughter own a condo now rented to Sachs, but media reports indicate the senator doesn’t live there.
Barbra Stern was seeking approval of the committee for her nomination to the state Elections Commission by Gov. Rick Scott.
Stern told Latvala’s committee she didn’t know anything about the lease, which was handled by her mother.
Her nomination was approved and moved to the full Senate, where Latvala said it could still be blocked.
Latvala questioned whether Barbra Stern should serve on the Elections Commission because she owned a condo which enabled Sachs to violate the Florida Constitution, which requires a senator to live in their district.
“I’ll kiss your feet if (Sachs) spent one night in that condominium since she was elected,” said Latvala to the Florida Current after his committee meeting. “Your voter registration information is a public record. What address was she registered at, before she was registered in Broward County? An office building in Delray Beach.”
Sachs denied she lived outside the district and rented the house as a tactic to bypass the law. She told The Miami Herald, “I have fully met the requirements of the law regarding legal residency in District 34.”
Previous Questions About Sachs’ Residency:
Sachs “lived” here. It’s the same location used as a campaign office for another candidate
Supervisor of Elections document showing Sachs registered from office, which sources say was outside her district. (click to enlarge)