Evan Jenne loves serving in the
When newly drawn legislative districts confronted him with the prospect of a messy 2012 primary fight with another incumbent, he considered running for
But Jenne, who rose to the upper levels of Democratic Party leadership in Tallahassee, doesn't have a guaranteed return ticket.
Elaine Geller is also seeking the Democratic nomination in the 99th State House District in south-central Broward.
And she has the support of state Rep. Elaine Schwartz, D-Hollywood, who can’t run for re-election because of term limits, and state Sen.
Jenne has advantages of his own. He’s successfully run for office before, and has an established network that will allow him to raise money. And Jenne, 35, has been studying politics for his entire life. His father is former state legislator and former Broward Sheriff
She's never run for office, and hasn't been much involved in politics. She became a precinct committeewoman for the Democratic Party last year. Geller said she knows Jenne has "a name and a reputation."
Geller said she's undeterred.
"It may get hot and heavy," she said. "I am not running a negative campaign. I just know with my common sense, experience, and my age, I can do a better job in bringing people together.
"I'm looking to take my advocacy that I've been doing since 14 years old, combined with my business acumen, to get it done," she said.
Geller, 57, said she's lived in Hollywood for 13 years.
Geller said she owns Consumers Choice Janitorial Supplies, which services the restaurant industry; she's vice president of community affairs for the Hollywood-North Dade branch of the National Council of Jewish Woman and works for an organization that combats domestic abuse.
“I’m tired of the hand wringing. I’m tired of the excuses about why people can’t get things done,” she said. “As a daughter of a Holocaust survivor I take with my father’s pain as he hid from the