A familiar name in South Florida political circles is preparing to seek the Democratic nomination next year for a Florida House seat that includes a chunk of southeast Broward.
"I'm very seriously considering running for the open seat in District 100 when it comes open," Joe Geller said in a recent phone interview. "I have not made a final decision. But I'm very seriously considering it. I've talked to my family. I've talked to friends and advisers. I'm taking a very hard look at it."
Geller, sounding an awful lot like someone who is about to run, said he'd make and announce a decision in the "near future."
His younger brother, Steve, spent 20 years in the
It’s an open seat in a district currently represented by state Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-
Geller won't be able to waltz into the nomination, though. As an open seat, it's attractive to many candidates.
So far, the only one to formally declare an attention to run is John Paul Alvarez of Hallandale Beach.
In a statement put out by the Florida Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender caucus, which Alvarez serves as communications director, he is described as an educator and union member.
"We have a high unemployment rate, a broken education system, and wonderful Jewish and Hispanic communities that deserve a stronger voice," Alvarez said. "We must invest in our small businesses in order to create jobs, however we must also invest in K-12 and higher education in order to secure the future of the middle class in House District 100."
Also considering running is Hallandale Beach Commissioner Alex Lewy.
And people in the political world have also mentioned former Hallandale Beach Commissioner Keith London as another possible candidate.
The district is 45.9 percent Democratic, 23.8 percent Republican and 30.3 percent independent/no party affiliation. So wining the Democratic primary is tantamount to winning the election. In 2012,
About 50.6 percent of the Democratic registered voters live in Broward and 49.4 percent in
Geller, 59, has political experience in
He said he’s worked in Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and
And he has name recognition from his brother's long-time representation of the area.
Joe Geller said Steve Geller's time in office is a plus. "I think he did a very good job as a legislator," he said. "People think he did a good job when he was there."
Why is Joe Geller considering running?
"My style is to be a consensus builder to build bridges between people. I'm a progressive. And I make no bones about being a progressive. But I have also lived in other parts of the state. I think I can do some good up there. I think I can make a difference. I think I can make this a better state."