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Democrat Todd Delmay for Florida House, District 101 – Sun Sentinel

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Three first-time capable Democrats are vying for South Broward’s House District 101, and the options for voters reflect the impressive depth of talent among local Democrats.

The candidates are attorney Hillary Cassel of Dania Beach, travel agency owner Todd Delmay of Hollywood and Clay Miller of Hollywood, Legislative Director for Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr. It was the best-prepared newcomers who met the editorial board for this primary cycle.

The Sentinel of the sun enthusiastically recommends Delmay, a civil rights champion and environmentalist who has the most comprehensive track record of the three. He accurately distilled much of what’s wrong with Tallahassee in seven words: “It feels like the legislature doesn’t care.”

Delmay, 50, and her husband, Jeff, were one of many same-sex couples who successfully challenged Florida’s same-sex marriage ban in 2014 and the first from Broward to marry after a court victory. The couple have a 12-year-old son in public school. Delmay operates a travel agency and worked in the trenches for a city ordinance to protect tree canopies, better health care for city workers and stronger anti-discrimination housing protections.

He has also worked as a citizen lobbyist in Tallahassee for the past six years, and testified last spring against the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. He is one of the few Democrats running for the House with the endorsement of the business-friendly Florida Chamber of Commerce.

“I am a historic candidate, proven, ready to serve my community,” Delmay said in his Sentinel of the sun quiz.

Cassel, 41, describes herself as a consumer advocate who has aggressively fought insurance companies in court and as a result there is “a target on my back,” she says. She raised by far the most money, $234,000, and the vast majority came from lawyers, law firms and public experts. She also loaned $50,000 to his efforts.

Delmay has raised far less, $128,000, but has hundreds of small donors who donated from $2 to $250. He did not create a soft-money political committee and, to his credit, he avoided personal negative attacks on his rivals.

Cassel founded the Florida Policyholders Cooperative, a statewide political committee largely funded by lawyers to stabilize a “broken” property insurance market. The committee gave money to Democrats and Republicans, including committees linked to Senate Speaker Wilton Simpson, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and House Speaker-Elect Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast. She argues persuasively, but the attorneys don’t suffer from a lack of access to the state Capitol.

Cassel said a letter from Miller falsely accused the PAC of giving money to Governor Ron DeSantis and former President Trump, but Miller said that because the committee funneled large sums to the State Republican Party and GOP-aligned committees, the destination of the donations cannot be found. .

Cassel supports the fact that the state insurance commissioner should be elected and not appointed, an idea with which we strongly disagree. It sounds attractive, but it fell through because former commissioners were compromised by campaign contributions from the insurance industry. The position is now appointed by the Governor and the Cabinet.

Miller, 28, a product of working-class Hollywood and South Broward High School, is politically astute with an eye for detail, and five years working in the county have honed his political skills and ability to work on multiple levels of government.

This contest is a closed primary open only to Democratic voters because a Republican, Guy Silla, also qualified for the November 8 ballot. Members of the Florida House are elected to two-year terms with a salary of $29,697 per year.

Delmay would be an asset to the Democratic Party as a small business owner at the forefront of the fight for civil rights in the LGBTQ community. He is not a leftist ideologue and he is a strong supporter of improving the K-12 education system. During the House District 101 Democratic primary, the Sentinel of the sun recommends Todd Delmay.

Editorials are the opinion of Sun Sentinel’s editorial board and written by one of its staff. The Editorial Board is made up of Editorial Page Editor Steve Bousquet, Editorial Page Associate Editor Dan Sweeney and Managing Editor Julie Anderson.