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Sachs not on list of possible Bondi challengers

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Scratch state Sen. Maria Sachs of Delray Beach from the list of possible Democratic challengers to Republican Attorney Pam Bondi.

A former prosecutor who once worked for then-Dade County State Attorney Janet Reno, Sachs proved herself a tough campaigner last year when she beat Ellyn Bogdanoff for newly drawn Senate District 34.

As the Democrats head into the party’s state conference in Orlando this weekend, however, she ruled herself out out of consideration.

Sachs said she was approached four weeks ago and asked if she  would consider a run. Sachs wouldn’t say who asked her, referring to them only as “various folks” involved in state politics.

“I’ve been in the state legislature for seven years and I still have unfinished business to do,” Sachs said. “I’m focused on the 400,000 people who live in my district, and I don’t think you can focus on your district if you’re thinking about another office.”

Asked straight up if she was NOT going to run for AG, Sachs said: “Correct. I think we have good candidates on the Democratic side. I will certainly support whoever comes out as our nominee.”

On Monday, former secretary of the Department of Children and Families, George Sheldon, announced he was running. Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston said he was considering a run as well.

“I think they’re both good,” Sachs said. “They prove that the Democratic bench is getting longer.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 5:44pm]

    

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