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Editorial: For Florida House, Post picks Willhite, Berman, Slosberg


In the race to succeed term-limited Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, in the Florida House, there’s a clear choice: Matt Willhite.

A former U.S. Navy corpsman, captain with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and an eight-year member of the Wellington Village Council, Willhite takes pride in an ability to build relationships and work across the aisle. Those traits should pay off well for the people in House District 86, a central county area that stretches from Wellington to parts of West Palm Beach.

Willhite states his priorities as protecting the environment, particularly water resources, ensuring that roads and transportation are sufficient for population growth, and advocating for senior citizens and for education.

The Democrat is opposed by Republican Laurel Bennett, founder and CEO of a medical records company. On her website, she says she “wants to help Gov. Scott” with his budget priorities. She puts great emphasis on veterans’ issues, which are largely a federal issue.

In House District 90, which mainly covers Boynton Beach, Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, is seeking a fourth and final term — and we believe voters should entrust it to her. Although she’s in the minority in the Legislature, “I still feel I make a difference,” Berman told The Post Editorial Board.

She has stood up for Planned Parenthood when it was threatened this year with defunding, shepherded a bill that protects pregnant women from discrimination in the workplace and co-sponsored the successful August ballot initiative that creates a tax break for installing solar, wind and other renewable-energy devices.

If re-elected, she says she would continue to push for economic development, advocate for health care and boost education funding.

She is opposed by Artie Lurie, a Libertarian from suburban Lake Worth, who advocates gun rights for everyone, a move toward legalizing drugs and privatization of education.

In District 91, first-time candidate Emily Slosberg is opposed only by a write-in opponent whose name isn’t on the ballot. Slosberg, 34, an attorney, is poised to succeed her father, Irv, who has represented the largely suburban district from Boynton Beach to Boca Raton since 2012.

A Democrat, she would fight insurance fraud that hurts seniors, protect Medicaid and Medicare and vote for “common sense gun legislation.”


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