Two Democrats and a Republican from Palm Beach County have qualified for the ballot for a special Florida Senate election to replace Jeff Clemens, the Atlantis Democrat who resigned in October after admitting to an affair with a lobbyist.
State Rep. Lori Berman of Lantana and Arthur Morrison of West Palm Beach, both Democrats, and Palm Beach County Republican Vice Chairwoman Tami Donnally of Lake Worth paid the $1,782 filing fee and submitted other required paperwork before Wednesday’s noon deadline to qualify for the Senate District 31 race.
Berman and Morrison will run in a Jan. 30 Democratic primary. The winner will face Donnally in an April 10 general election.
The seat will remain vacant through the regular 2018 legislative session, which runs Jan. 9 to March 9.
District 31 is generally east of Florida’s Turnpike between Lake Worth and Delray Beach. Democrats have a 46.6-to-24.1 percent registration advantage in the district, and the GOP did not field a candidate there against Clemens in 2016.
With Clemens’ departure, Republicans hold a 24-to-15 advantage in the Florida Senate.