Two Republicans in Florida primaries to Senator Lori Berman. to challenge

Two Republicans with “America First” at the forefront of their campaigns will compete in an August 23 primary for the chance to challenge Democratic state borrower Lori Berman in November.

Steve Byers of Delray Beach and William Wheelen of Wellington are running for the newly drawn Senate District 26, which spans the east coast from Boynton Beach to the northern part of Boca Raton, and to the western border of Palm Beach County, including the Glades. .

Byers — who calls himself a “serial entrepreneur” with the titles of a beekeeper, a claims adjuster and the founder of Hilltop Christian Fellowship in Monticello — has set his sights on the state legislature with inflation, electoral integrity and education at the forefront. the top of his priorities.

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He said he decided to run to “see a change in the establishment”. Byers added that his professional background gives him knowledge of the insurance industry, an issue he would like to address if elected to the state office. But he thinks the key issue at the next legislative session will be the integrity of the election, especially if things don’t go smoothly in the polls this year.

One way to boost voter confidence, he said, is to let election monitors know how a voter casts their vote, if the official needs to “validate a vote.” Byers compared his idea to the relationship between a banker and their customer. Currently, voters’ choices are secret and untraceable, with identification details confirmed before a voter receives their ballot.

Steve Byers, candidate for state Senate District 26.

Wheelen, a retired stock trader, wants to address school safety and parental rights in schools. He thinks abortion will be the main issue at the next legislative session. As a practicing Catholic, he told The Palm Beach Post in an interview that his views on abortion are “conflicting,” noting that he agreed with the U.S. The Supreme Court’s decision to leave the legality of abortion to states, but also found abortion up to 15 weeks “reasonable.” Most importantly, he said, he supports making adoption easier.

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