Democrat Andrew Dolberg announced Wednesday that he would run for the House District 98 seat currently held by Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole.
Edwards is currently in her third term representing the Broward County district, but announced last week that she was ending her re-election bid in order to spend more time with her family.
In his announcement, Dolberg touted his active role in the Broward Democratic Party and his background as a small business owner.
The 24-year-old Plantation native is the founder of Champion Briefs, an education resources company helping students develop public speaking and debate skills. He studied Marketing at Florida Atlantic University and, since February, is on the board of Broward Young Democrats.
“I’m running for the Florida House of Representatives in order to advocate for progressive, long-term solutions to the problems we face here in Broward County,” Dolberg said in a press release. “I have spent nearly my entire life in this district and I understand the unique needs of our communities.
“Voters here want and deserve a progressive champion who is capable of delivering results on important issues including commonsense gun safety, quality public education, affordable healthcare, and climate change resiliency. I am that candidate and I will be that representative in Tallahassee.”
Dolberg is up against Davie resident Michael Gottlieb in the Democratic Primary for the seat. A third Democrat, Louis Reinstein, filed for the seat last week, but withdrew from the race Monday.
HD 98 covers part of Broward County, including Plantation and Davie, and is a Democratic Party stronghold.
Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in the South Florida district, which voted 60-36 in favor of Hillary Clinton in 2016.