21 Black leaders in Palm Beach County endorse Alexcia Cox for State Attorney
Alexcia Cox is running to succeed Dave Aronberg as State Attorney in Palm Beach County.

Alexcia Cox
‘Alexcia is a strong force for good.’

Alexcia Cox’s bid for Palm Beach County State Attorney now has the backing of 21 current and former Black public servants, her campaign announced Monday.

Atop the list is Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard, who plans to swap seats later this year with Democratic Sen. Bobby Powell.

Bernard cited Cox’s nearly two decades of work as a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office, including her current role as its Deputy Chief Assistant State Attorney, as key.

“Throughout her exemplary career, Alexcia has demonstrated a commitment to justice, public safety, and accountability for all,” he said in a statement. “I am excited to watch her make history as Palm Beach County’s first Black State Attorney and continue her winning track record for victims deserving justice.”

Two other county officials also endorsed Cox, Palm Beach School Board member Marcia Andrews and Soil and Water Commissioner Anne Marie Sorrell.

So did five city Mayors: Ronnie Felder of Riviera Beach, Keith James of West Palm Beach, Joe Kyles of South Bay, Fred Pinto of Royal Palm Beach and Steve Wilson of Belle Glade.

“I wholeheartedly endorse Alexcia Cox for Palm Beach County State Attorney,” James said in a statement. “Alexcia is a strong force for good and an expert prosecutor with a track record of standing tough against crime. During her time serving the people of Palm Beach County, I have witnessed Alexcia demonstrate determined leadership while delivering justice for victims and keeping our community safe – precisely what we need and deserve in our State Attorney’s office.”

South Bay Vice Mayor Betty Bernard gave Cox a nod, as did Pahokee Vice Mayor Clare “Tasha’ Murvin.

All five members of the West Palm Beach City Commission, including Shalonda Warren, are supporting Cox too. The other members, who are not Black, are Christy Fox, Christina Lambert, Joseph Peduzzi and Cathleen Ward.

Other endorsements came from Haverhill Council member Theresa Johnson, Riviera Beach Council members Shirley Lanier and Doug Lawson, Westlake Council member Charlotte Leonard, former Pahokee Commissioner Allie Biggs, former Riviera Beach Council member Lynn Hubbard,

Other endorsements came from Haverhill Council member Theresa Johnson, Riviera Beach Council members Shirley Lanier and Doug Lawson, Westlake Council member Charlotte Leonard, former Westlake Vice Mayor Katrina Long Robinson, former Boynton Beach Vice Mayor Christina Romelus, former Pahokee Commissioner Allie Biggs, former Riviera Beach Council member Lynn Hubbard, and former West Palm Beach Commissioners Cory Neering and Ike Robinson.

Cox said in a statement that she is “deeply humbled to receive the endorsement of so many esteemed elected leaders from across Palm Beach County.”

“This strong early support demonstrates our community’s desire for battle-tested leadership we know and trust —and my work over the last two decades as a winning prosecutor, public servant, and leader in the State Attorney’s Office proves that I can deliver results.”

In fundraising, Cox leads three other Democrats competing to succeed Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who confirmed in June that he would not seek a fourth term as the county’s top prosecutor.

She amassed more than $137,000 last year to support her bid. Palm Beach Chief Assistant State Attorney Greg Williams stacked $103,000, while retired Palm Beach Sheriff’s Capt. Rolando Silva raised $57,000 and defense lawyer Gregg Lerman collected $50,000.

Former federal and Palm Beach County prosecutor Sam Stern, the lone Republican in the contest, entered the race in February and has not reported any campaign finance activity yet.

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.


One comment

  • Eileen Tucker

    February 24, 2024 at 7:23 pm

    Wonderful news. I certainly can see why so many people have endorsed you as you are, most definately, the right person for this position.
    Good Luck
    Eileen

Comments are closed.


#FlaPol

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704




Sign up for Sunburn


Categories