Kelly Skidmore re-election campaign welcomes endorsements from 35 elected officials
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Boca Raton Democratic Rep. Kelly Skidmore’s House re-election bid has earned the backing of 35 officeholders from all levels of government.

Skidmore, who shifted her campaign to newly drawn House District 92 in response to redistricting the Legislature approved in February, announced the endorsements Monday.

“I am proud of the work I have done in the state House and appreciative of the support so many of our country’s most respected leaders have expressed for my re-election campaign,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to serve the residents of Palm Beach County for as long as they see fit to allow me that privilege.”

Topping the list of Skidmore’s supporters is U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, a former West Palm Beach Mayor who served as Minority Leader in the Florida House prior to her election to Congress in 2013.

“Not only does Kelly have the courage to serve as a strong check on the Florida GOP’s dangerous agenda, she has the experience to effectively navigate the appropriations process and ensure that Palm Beach County gets its fair share of tax revenue directly reinvested back into our community,” she said. “We are lucky to have her fighting for us in Tallahassee and I am proud to endorse her campaign for re-election.”

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, a former member of the Florida Senate, called Skidmore a dependable “champion for our Democratic values,” adding: “Now more than ever, we need her up there advocating for all of us and fighting against radical agendas.”

Joining Frankel and Aronberg in endorsing Skidmore are Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried; state Sens. Loranne Ausley, Lori Berman, Tina Polsky and Bobby Powell; House Minority Leader Pro Tempore Kamia Brown; House Minority Leader-designate Fentrice Driskell; and state Reps. Kristen Arrington, Robin Bartleman, Joe Casello, Kevin Chambliss, Dan Daley, Tracie Davis, Jervonte Edmonds, Joy Goff-Marcill, Michael Gottlieb, Michael Grieco, Yvonne Hinson, Christine Hunschofsky, Travaris McCurdy, Felicia Robinson, David Silvers, Allison Tant, Geraldine Thompson and Marie Woodson.

At the local level, Skidmore courted endorsements from Palm Beach County Commissioners Mack Bernard, Melissa McKinley and Robert Weinroth; Palm Beach County Clerk Joseph Abruzzo; Palm Beach School Board member Karen Brill; Palm Beach Tax Collector Anne Gannon; Palm Beach Public Defender Carey Haughwout; and West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James.

The ranking Democrat on the Congressional Redistributing Subcommittee, Skidmore has served two separate stints in the House, one from 2006 to 2008 and her current run since 2020.

According to the Division of Elections, she faces two Primary challengers this year: former Broward County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ronald Thurston, who was fired in February for using excessive force similar during a 2020 arrest; and small business owner Hasan Zahangir, a small business owner who filed to run against Democratic Rep. Joe Casello in September, prior to redistricting.

So far, Thurston hasn’t raised or spent a cent since filing to run Feb. 10. Zahangir, meanwhile, has raised more than $8,000. Of that, he spent about $5,000 through March 31.

Skidmore holds more than $74,000 between her campaign account and political committee, Floridians for Early Education.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


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