Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs’ opponent in her Florida House District 96 race is her former “campaign aide extraordinaire.” Last Thursday, Roland L. Bray, a thirty-three year old Pompano beach Democrat, filed as a write-in candidate for the District 96 race. Jacobs and Steve Perman are two Democrats running for the same open seat. The presence of a write-in candidate closes the primary, keeping non-Democrats from voting. Earlier today, Buddy Nevins at BrowardBeat.com reported Bray does not live in House District 96.
Florida Statute 99.0615 states, “At the time of qualification, all write-in candidates must reside within the district represented by the office sought.” Bray listed his address as 1711 S.W. 2nd Avenue in Pompano Beach. The Broward Supervisor of Elections records show Bray is registered to vote at this address. According to these records, Bray lives in Florida house District 92 which is represented by Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed. Making the residency issue even murkier, Bray’s Facebook page states he lives in Coral Gables, Florida where he attends the University of Miami.
Under “work and education” on his Facebook profile, Bray lists “campaign field organizer, May 2012 to Jul 2012.” Federal financial reports show Bray was a paid member of Kristin Jacobs’ 2012 U.S. Congressional campaign. Jacobs paid Bray $506.10 on June 29, 2012. Bray posted several pictures on Facebook of himself canvassing for voters with Jacobs. One of his Facebook friends called him Jacobs’ “campaign aide extraordinaire.”
Kristin Jacobs is no stranger to residency games. A July 2013 investigation showed Jacobs tried to hide her true residency from voters. In an affidavit filed with the State of Florida, Jacobs asked state elections officials to redact her home address even though numerous public records show Jacobs actually lives in District 93, which is represented by George Moraitis (R-Fort Lauderdale). Jacobs denied she asked State officials to hide her address.
If Bray is removed from the ballot, non-Democrats will be able to vote in the August 26, 2014 Democrat primary. Earlier today, RED BROWARD reported another write-in candidate, Tyron Francois, does not live in Broward County Commission District 2. His removal would open that Democrat primary to Republican voters as well. Buddy Nevins believes court action is necessary. He wrote, “The Supervisor of Elections Office has only ministerial functions and cannot remove a candidate without a court order.” Jacobs’ extreme environmental views and staunch support for Obamacare may not go over well with Republican voters in western Broward county.