Endorsement: Elect Abruzzo To State Senate

The Nov. 6 general election is just days away, and Florida voters have plenty to decide before they enter their polling place. For the past several weeks, the Town-Crier has offered opinions on some of the items voters will find on the ballot. This week we offer our recommendations for U.S Congress in District 18, State Senate in District 25 and the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 25 — This race pits State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D-District 85) against Republican Melanie Peterson for a seat serving all of the western communities and beyond. This was not an easy decision. We like Ms. Peterson, a longtime central Palm Beach County resident with elected experience and a strong interest in equestrian issues. She is very likeable as a candidate and as a person. And though she is solidly conservative, she has a record of negotiating with disparate interests and bringing people together. However, Mr. Abruzzo has proven himself a bipartisan legislator. His record has been pro-business, and he has worked hard to get his bills passed, a difficult feat for any Democrat in the state house. Perhaps the greatest problem in Tallahassee is the one-sided nature of the discussion. With a supermajority in the state senate, Republican leaders do not even need to listen to the chamber’s Democrats. Since this supermajority status took hold, the chamber has lurched sharply to the right. With the election of Mr. Abruzzo, and perhaps a few others from his party, the centrist nature of the chamber might return. Mr. Abruzzo has done a commendable job in the lower chamber, and we feel it’s time he gets a promotion. The Town-Crier endorses Joseph Abruzzo for State Senate in District 25.