Former Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis has filed to run for the District 86 seat in the Florida House of Representatives in the November 2022 election cycle. The seat is being vacated by State Rep. Matt Willhite, who plans to run for the Palm Beach County Commission in District 6 instead.
“I’ve spent years working on the local issues important to the western communities and have always wanted to bring that local focus to statewide decision-making,” Margolis said. “Tallahassee is a natural progression in my continued service, and I look forward to representing the people of District 86.”
Throughout a long career with Procter & Gamble, Margolis also served his community. He coached youth basketball for more than a decade and was president of the Wellington High School Booster Club.
Margolis entered public service on Wellington’s first Parks & Recreation Board, serving from 1998 to 2003. He served on the Wellington Village Council from 2003 to 2008, and as mayor from 2012 to 2016. Margolis is currently the development director and Glades area liaison for the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, a youth music program for 350 children.
“I’ve always considered it a privilege to serve the people of Palm Beach County in whatever way I could,” Margolis said, “and I’d be honored to continue that service in Tallahassee.”
There is still a year before filing closes for the position, but as of now, Margolis and Port Commissioner Katherine Waldron have filed paperwork to run as Democrats, while Susan Kufdakis Rivera, who lost to Willhite last year, has filed paperwork to run as a Republican.