Editorial: Silvers’ freshman record merits another term in state House


It’s not easy for a freshman legislator from the minority party to get a bill passed. But in his first stint in the Florida House of Representatives, David Silvers did just that. More than once.

He sponsored a bill to cut down on the inhumane practice of sending children to psychiatric facilities via the Baker Act; incorporated into another bill, it was signed by Gov. Rick Scott into law in 2017.

Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999

He co-sponsored a bill that requires a pharmacist to register the filling of an opioid prescription by the end of the business day in which the medication is provided so people can’t go pharmacy shopping; that bill, too, was approved by the governor in 2017.

And he sponsored another bill, signed by the governor this year, that allows high school students to receive credit for pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs that prepare them for the workforce.

If only for these successes, Silvers deserves another term. The Post endorses him in the Democratic primary for House District 87, a jigsaw-puzzle shaped square of central Palm Beach County stretching from the southwest section of West Palm Beach down to the suburbs west of Lake Worth.

Silvers is challenged by Edgardo Hernandez, 32, an attorney who runs his own practice in Palm Springs. Campaigning, in English and Spanish, he is trying to reach voters whom he says have been neglected.

“It feels like if you don’t have money and you’re not wealthy, you’re ignored, and that’s how a lot of people in my community feel,” he told the Post Editorial Board.

Hernandez’ platform includes abolishing private prisons, raising the minimum wage, expanding access to health care, boosting solar energy, fighting for affordable housing, tightening gun regulations and increasing education funding.

Silvers, 39, president of a Boca Raton book development and licensing business, is outspending Hernandez by nearly 20-to-1 and has amassed a daunting list of endorsements.

If given a second term, he says he would concentrate on mental health issues, particularly those affecting children, which, if left unaddressed, can create serious problems in adulthood. He pledges to push for funds to put a full-time mental health counselor in every Florida school and to mandate a mental-health curriculum.

Silvers also lists affordable housing and education reform as key issues. Saying he was powerfully affected by meeting with parents of slain students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he backs strengthening the state’s gun laws.

***

Read all of The Post’s endorsements online at www.MyPalmBeachPost.com/2018-endorsements.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Opinion

Opinion: Kansas governor’s race might be a test for Trumpism

Recent days have me wondering what Kansas’ fifth governor — James Madison Harvey — would say about the pickle the state find itself in now. Harvey, a Republican, is my relative by marriage. He married Charlotte Cutter, whose sister is my great grandmother. To the inevitable reader who will doubt that someone with the last name of...
Opinion: The White Strategy

In the aftermath of the 2012 election, when just about everyone assumed Mitt Romney lost because he didn’t win enough Hispanic votes, election analyst Sean Trende produced a dissenting take. A close look at the results across the Midwest and Appalachia revealed a large population of what Trende called “missing white voters” &mdash...
POINT OF VIEW: Youth need community support as they go back to school

As a parent, certain days stand out as significant: days in which our role seems to take on special meaning, and days in which our presence and support are especially important and appreciated by our children. The first day of school is always one of these days. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999...
Opinion: Partying like it’s 1998

And now for something completely similar. For a while, those of us who devoted a lot of time to understanding the Asian financial crisis two decades ago were wondering whether Turkey was going to stage a re-enactment. Sure enough, that’s what seems to be happening. Here’s the script: start with a country that, for whatever reason, became...
Letters Post made informed choices possible

Post made informed choices possible Having recently moved to Florida, my wife and I found the primary ballot to be a daunting challenge. With so many candidates, how is one possibly able to make an educated choice? Sure, we were inundated with telephone calls and emails, but that’s just paid political advertising. So we were very grateful to...
More Stories