………. The race is on for the Florida House of Representatives District 94.
The seat is currently held by Perry Thurston, but he is term limited, and running for Attorney General.
I live in that District, and have made some noise about possibly running for the seat, but for now, I’m just blogging about it!
It is an interesting race. The District runs from Lauderdale Lakes down through Fort Lauderdale, up into Wilton Manors, and finishes in Oakland Park. Currently, these two men are running.
Bobby Dubose and Levoyd Williams
Dubose is a Commissioner in Fort Lauderdale, Levoyd a Commissioner in Lauderdale Lakes.
The District is almost 60% black, and nearly 90% democrat ! So, the winner will be decided in the primary in August, as no republican has a chance of winning in the November General election.
But here’s the rub – whichever candidate can capture the white (and considerably gay) Wilton Manors and Oakland Park vote, could win.
They had a debate at last week’s gay Dolphin Democrat meeting, and here are the highlights –
Dubose says he is in favor of gay marriage, as does Williams. That is significant, as the black community has long opposed it.
And Williams is in favor of medical marijuana, as is Dubose!
Both men also state that they will be there to fight for the gay issues, but Dubose admitted to a somewhat strained relationship with his colleague, famous gay politician Dean Trantalis.
Williams tried to separate himself from Dubose by saying that the difference between he and Dubose was that he “was a fighter”, grew up in North Florida, and “knew how to talk to them”. He told the group he grew up in the civil rights era and “felt their pain”.
Dubose said the Pledge of Allegiance called for justice for all, and said he was committed to that. He pointed to support for “family recognition”, and “hospital visits”, and said he would be “championing those issues”.
The men differed somewhat on juvenile crime. Dubose favors a “holistic” approach, concentrating on the “front end”., but Williams, pointing to the current problem with juvenile burglaries, said “there has to be a limit”, and that you can’t “placate and pamper them”.
I’ll keep you informed …. Tim