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Jack’s Voter Guide: A sneak peek at some of the endorsements

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Every election cycle since 2003, I’ve published Jack’s Voter Guide, which covers just about every race in Palm Beach County, including judicial contests. The guide is printed and mailed at my own expense to many thousands of Republican super-voters in the county.

Here’s a sneak peak at my upcoming choices for the Aug.14 contests:

State Senate District 34: Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, a true leader with deep knowledge of policy and the legislative experience necessary to get things done, is the only choice worth considering in the Republican primary. A tireless campaigner, she will steamroll over her disgruntled, dour and unappeasable primary opponent, whose name I won’t even bother to mention. If Republicans want to  hold onto their last Senate seat in the county, vote for Ellyn Bogdanoff.

 

State Senate District 25: Vote for Geoff Sommers, a bright, young lawyer who declared for the Senate early this year. He’s exactly the kind of up-and-comer the local Republican Party needs. In January, when Sommers declared for Senate, his current Republican opponent, Melanie Peterson, was running for a state House seat in an overwhelmingly Democratic district. When she couldn’t raise much money, she decided in late April to mount a primary challenge to Sommers. The winner of this primary will have to face off against Democratic powerhouse Joseph Abruzzo, a difficult task in the best of circumstances. Now a whole bunch of Republican money will have to be spent in an unnecessary primary so that Peterson can indulge her ego, and wallow in her 15 minutes of local Republican fame. How special.

Disclosure: I’ve personally donated to the Geoff Sommers campaign.

Palm Beach County Republican State Committee: Vote for Cindy Tindell, who is running against Fran Hancock, a 71-year-old, 24-year incumbent who’s never had an opponent. The local Republican Party is in a death spiral. Everyone knows it. With Republicans claiming only 29.5 percent of the county’s registered voters, it’s going to take a disciplined, organized effort with the latest technology and campaign strategies to stay relevant. The “I Stand with Fran” crowd represents the old, envelope-stuffing establishment, which is either unwilling or unable to change its dated methods.

Since 2008, when Obama took Republicans to school with social media platforms, the national Republican Party has begged local party officials to learn Twitter. Is the local party on Twitter in any meaningful way? Nah.

Tindell is bright, educated and a senior executive at a major company. She brings a modern skill set and management ability the party is sorely lacking.

If Republicans in Palm Beach County want to continue getting massacred, they can keep voting for the same old people and methods that haven’t worked in years.

I will not. I’m voting for Cindy Tindell.

Disclosure: I’ve personally donated to the Cindy Tindell campaign.

To clarify for those who still don’t get it, these are my personal choices and opinions. BizPac Review does not endorse candidates. BizPac, the political action committee, is a separate entity. I am not bound by its endorsements, nor do I control them. As a business organization, BizPac has its agenda, and as a conservative, I have mine.

Jack Furnari

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