The write-in candidate running for the same Florida House District 96 seat as Broward Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, appeared in her 2012 campaign commerical. Viewers get a brief glimpse of Ronald L.Bray sitting next to Jacobs in a commercial for her 2012 U.S Congressional campaign. Jacobs lost the Democrat primary to Congresswoman Lois Frankel. Facing term limits on the County Commission, Jacobs has been running for the House 96 seat even though she does not live in District 96. Yesterday, RED BROWARD reported Ronald L. Bray does not live in District 96 either. Jacobs faces Steve Perman in the Democrat primary. There is no Republican candidate. The presence of a write-in candidate closes the Democrat primary to non-Democrat voters.
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.
Broward Supervisor Of Elections Brenda Snipes said she has no authority to remove Bray from the ballot. She told the Sun-Sentinel, “The filing officer performs a ministerial function, with no authority to determine whether the contents of the qualifying papers are accurate (99. 061, (c).” The Sun-Sentinel posted an email from a Florida State Elections official who wrote, “Plus, it is correct that s. 99.0615 provides that at the time of qualifying, the write-in candidate must reside in the district represented by the office sought. Remember also one of the qualifying papers that the candidate must file is a sworn Candidate Oath saying that the candidate is qualified under the law to hold the office to which he or she desires to be nominated or elected.” Bray can either withdraw from the race or someone will have to seek a court order.
Bray was the “field organizer” for Jacobs’ 2012 campaign. His Facebook page is filled with pictures of him making phone calls for the campaign and knocking on doors with Jacobs. He even asked Facebook friends to help make phone calls. He said, “i will buy the pizza and sodas.”
Bray told RED BROWARD he was too busy to talk and asked for a call back later in the day. Later, his mother said he was out and did not have a cell phone. Bray has not responded to several voicemails and emails.