Miami Herald: State Sen. Ted Deutch to seek Congressman Robert Wexler's seat

October 16th, 2009

The Miami Herald published this article on October 16, 2009

Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch announced Thursday that he will run for Robert Wexler's seat in Congress.

``I am running for Congress because I want to work hard every day to help solve the difficult challenges that the citizens of South Florida are currently facing,'' said Deutch, who announced his bid from his Boca Raton home.

Democratic sources have said that Wexler will endorse Deutch, an attorney elected in 2006.

The Democratic 19th Congressional District straddles Broward and Palm Beach counties. About half of the district overlaps with Deutch's Senate district.

Other strong Democratic contenders considering a bid include Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter and state Sen. Jeremy Ring. Former Broward County Commissioner Ben Graber is running.

Gov. Charlie Crist will schedule a special election within the next few months.

Wexler is retiring to take a job as president of a Washington-based think tank, the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation.