Democratic Boca Raton lawyer Jay Shooster files to challenge freshman Republican in HD 91

First-time candidate Jay Shooster is running against a Republican agenda that has become 'too extreme,' he says.

A consumer protection lawyer who’s fought misleading marketing claims and championed animal rights is in his first bid for elected office, aiming to flip a tossup Palm Beach County House district back into the blue column.

Democrat Jay Shooster of Boca Raton has filed to challenge freshman Rep. Peggy Gossett-Seidman in House District 91. The Highland Beach Republican was part of a string of 2022 Republican candidates who rode a red wave to victory in Palm Beach County districts that had long been considered part of South Florida’s Democratic stronghold.

Shooster is ready to test whether Gov. Ron DeSantis’ agenda is losing its appeal in the district that voted for DeSantis by 9 percentage points over Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, according to Matt Isbell, an elections data analyst with MCI Maps. The district that covers Highland Beach and Boca Raton voted for President Joe Biden by 4.5 percentage points, however.

“Tallahassee has become too extreme for the people it represents,” said Shooster, who was born and raised in South Florida. “From attacks on women’s rights and public education to neglecting the property insurance crisis, environmental protection and common-sense gun safety measures, it’s time for change.”

His opponent has not entirely marched lockstep with the Republican agenda, however. Gossett-Seidman voted against the six-week abortion ban. She did, however, vote for the permitless carry bill.

Shooster is a graduate of New York University School of Law, representing environmental causes, animal welfare cases and labor rights organizations. He’s taught students about public interest legal advocacy both as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and as a guest speaker law schools across the country, according to a news release announcing his candidacy.

Now an Artificial Intelligence Fellow at the Center for Future Mind at Florida Atlantic University, Shooster has advocated for responsible AI regulation and ensuring its ethical implementation in society, according to a news release.

His volunteer work took him to Guatemala and Peru to help those in extreme poverty back when he was a Coral Springs teenager, according to Sun-Sentinel accounts. Now he’s volunteering for the Jewish Democratic Council of America and the gun safety advocacy group Moms Demand Action.

Shooster even gave one of his kidneys to a stranger through the National Kidney Registry and describes himself as a “decent drummer,” according to a news release.

“In my career as a lawyer, I’ve fought for the public interest in the courts,” Shooster said. “Now I’m fighting to champion Palm Beach County.”

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Earl Pitts American

    June 7, 2023 at 5:36 am

    Good morning voters of Boca,
    There is a strong possability of regret associated in electing this Democrat Shooster.
    As a woke @55 Democrat your needs [the good citizens of Boca] will always play second fiddle to the Democratic woke @55 agenda flavor of the day. Your kids will be more vulnerable to mass shootings not just in school but everywhere. Your little Johnny and little Jill will have an elevated precentage chance to come home from school a different gender. Black on Black crime will rise to Chicago like numbers. Democrats in elected office have a proven historical track record of engaging in illegal and immoral behaviour unbecomimg of an elected official. You will see more homelesness, drug use, crime, riots, human feces in public places along with drug addled folks pooping and shooting up drugs in front of your family wherever you go. Plus this Shooster guy, in his picture, has that look of one of those alphabit same sex sex citizens that will promote general weirdness and an uncomfortable feel in your communitty discouraging good honest wholsome God fearimg families from ever considering Boca as a family friendly area for a tourist destination or even to take your own kids shopping in. You will become prisioners in your own homes no longer able to even go to the beach due to the crime and drag queens there in their weiner tucking bikini swim suits.
    Hint: why subject yourself and family to even having to think about all the above unplesent things when the smart, easy, family wholesome commonsense option of ” just voting for the conservative candidate” is right there for your family and business friendly choice. Think about your vote before you vote good citizens of the Boca area of Florida.
    Thank you voters of Boca,
    Earl Pitts American
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