The local Democratic and Republican parties are poised to elect new board members in early December, at their first official meetings following the presidential elections.
Campaigning is in full swing for the positions, elected by the executive committee of either party.
Campaigning for municipal races has also begun in advance of the March elections.
Delray Beach City Commissioner Adam Frankel saw over 100 supporters filter through Tryst restaurant on Atlantic Avenue as he kicked off his re-election campaign Wednesday night.
Elected officials in the predominantly Democratic crowd included recently elected Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and state Reps. Irv Slosberg and Joe Abruzzo. Former state Rep. Mack Bernard also attended to show his support for Frankel.
Palm Beach County Democratic State Committeeman John Ramos attended the kickoff, hoping to gain support for his own race.
Ramos is battling former Palm Beach County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Alan Siegel to keep his seat.
Siegel was forced to resign his leadership position after drawing national outrage for making anti-christian remarks on camera at the Democratic National Convention.
Many Democrats have made it clear they oppose Siegel’s decision to run for another party post, said former county Democratic Party Secretary Diana Demarest.
“Considering Mark Alan Siegel’s past performance as party chair, such as his handling of the the Evelyn Garcia insult to the Jewish community, the Shahid Friedman insult to the Hispanic community and then his insult to the Christian community, I think he’s done enough damage,” Demarest said. “It’s time to pass the baton to Democrats who can be effective. Mark Alan Siegel’s time should be done.”
Demarest called Ramos’ record as a Hispanic leader an asset.
“John Ramos has been a champion for Palm Beach County’s Hispanic Democrats,” she said. “While Democrats bemoan that the Republicans as a party are not diverse, it is troublesome to me that a former county party chair is challenging the only Hispanic representative this county party has had in leadership. The Hispanic community is a very important voice in our party.”