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

POINT OF VIEW: Disparity in county government contracts clearly exists
POINT OF VIEW: Disparity in county government contracts clearly exists

When I ran for the Palm Beach County Commission, part of my campaign platform was to increase contracting with small, women and minority businesses (SMWBEs). As the only minority commissioner, I take seriously my role in making sure that all county businesses have fair and equal access to county contracts. For years (decades really), minority- and...
Letters: Schoolrooms lacking, butsports facilities dandy

Paper carriers do a bang-up job I’ve lived long enough to have had four sons who were “paper boys,” and now live in a time where the paper is delivered by automobile. These folks do a superb job. For me, the newspaper is always delivered here by 6 a.m., double-wrapped (when needed) and easy to find. Thank you all for a job well done...
Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon

Opinion: The GOP is writing off young women, and will suffer for it

One deftly worded tweet. That’s all it took for a 19-year-old college student to school GOP pooh-bah Mike Huckabee about voter demographics. Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, likes to let loose his stilted wit on Twitter, and the other day he chose to mock pop star Taylor Swift’s appeal to her bazillions of followers on Instagram to...
Opinion: The different ends of NeverTrump

Earlier this month Jennifer Rubin, the prolific #NeverTrump pundit who writes for The Washington Post, got something that every columnist craves: a petition against her. The signatories, a collection of conservatives assembled by the American Principles Project, demanded that The Post cease identifying Rubin, whose blog used to be called “Right...
More Stories