Pam Keith may not yet be declared in CD 18, but she's campaigning - Florida Politics

Pam Keith may not yet be declared in CD 18, but she’s campaigning

Democrat Pam Keith may not have yet declared or filed to run for Congress in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, but the former U.S. Senate candidate is organizing a staff and committee and preparing for a town hall meeting Thursday night.

Keith, a labor lawyer with a background as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General from Palm Beach Garden, said she still is exploring a candidacy to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Brian Mast of Palm City. The town hall meeting, set for Palm Beach Gardens, is an effort to test the waters, she said.

“Come meet the RIGHT person to oust Brian Mast (R FL 18) from Congress,” declares an internet advertisement paid for and presented by the Committee to Elect Pam Keith.

“I am moving quickly, assessing the feedback I get,” Keith said. “Tomorrow night will be another data point.”

That includes formation of the Committee to Elect Pam Keith.

Keith was a no-name, longshot candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in her first bid for for office, last year, behind sitting Congressmen with sizable campaign funds, networks of backers, and name recognition. She exploded into the party’s consciousness, however, with a fiery speech at a Democratic Party quarterly meeting in Orlando. And though she never raised money, she won some endorsements, including that of the Miami Herald, and attracted 173,000 votes statewide, finishing not far behind Alan Grayson as Patrick Murphy won the primary.


Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at


  1. A loyal Dem here: I noticed Pam Keith is described as a labor lawyer in this article. Does she represent labor unions in court cases or corporations against labor unions? Thanks for any info you can provide.

  2. I was very impressed with her enthusiasm and knowledge of the issues in her town hall meeting this evening (5/18/2017) in Palm Beach Gardens. She would be a good candidate, but it takes at least $2 million to run a Congressional campaign. Where will she get that? I hope that I can find an E-mail address; I would like to make a number of comments on the discussion this evening.

    1. You can send her a message with any comments or questions through her website :

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons