Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Jared Moskowitz appear to win Dem primaries

An incumbent and rising newcomer, both Democrats, unofficially won the chance to keep two Palm Beach County congressional seats blue. And a Republican who aspires to return a longtime Democratic GOP seat in hopes of joining a potential majority in the U.S. House has been declared the winner of his race.

Last year, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick beat a crowded Democratic field by five wafer-thin votes en route to completing Alcee Hastings’ term in the 20th House District. On Tuesday night, Cherfilus-McCormick was declared the Democratic winner over opponents Dale Holness and Anika Omphroy in his bid for a full term in office.

In House District 23, Jared Moskowitz was declared the winner of the Democratic contest to replace incumbent Congressman Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Boca Raton. He will likely face Republican Joe Budd in the general election in November.

Cherfilus-McCormick, 43, would now face GOP rival Drew Montez Clark, who ran unopposed for the Republican nomination. But the Republican comes up against a particularly blue neighborhood. In the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden held around 75% of the district’s support while Donald Trump had around 23% of his support.

In 2020, the late Alcee Hastings crushed GOP opponent Greg Musselwhite winning 78% of the vote. Cherfilus-McCormick is a home health care business owner and lawyer who unsuccessfully challenged Hastings twice in the primaries.

Jared Moskowitz, 2022 Democratic primary candidate for the 23rd congressional race

Moskowitz, 41, is Broward County Commissioner. He served at Florida House from 2012 to 2019. Three years ago, he resigned his Statehouse seat to become director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

He was on the Parkland City Commission in 2006 until he stepped down to run for the Florida Legislature in 2012.

In a statement late Tuesday, Moskowitz said “voters responded to our positive messaging and policy ideas never attacking our Democratic opponents.”

He added, “Together, we can and will win this race so we can continue to fight for our Democratic values, work together on common sense solutions, and build on our many hard-won accomplishments in Washington.”

Joe Budd, 2022 Republican primary candidate for the 23rd congressional race

Joe Budd wins GOP nod, another primary too close to be called

Moskowitz’s Republican opponent could be Boca Raton resident Joe Budd. He was declared the winner in a crowded field of six rivals at 9 p.m.

Budd received 37.6% of the vote with 90.13% of ballots counted.

His closest competitor was 2020 GOP congressional candidate James Pruden, who was in second place with 22.1%.

Budd is a member of the Palm Beach County Republican State Committee and president and founder of Club 45, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting former President Trump’s agenda.

In the other congressional race in Palm Beach County, Dan Franzese edged Deborah Adeimy, 34.7% to 34.3%, in the Republican primary for House District 22. That is with 89.34% of votes counted.

The winner will face incumbent Democrat Lois Frankel, who ran unopposed on Tuesday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

About Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D)

Age and residence: 43, Miramar.

Key Campaign Priorities: A top campaign priority for Cherfilus-McCormick is to tackle the housing crisis by providing funding for housing and mortgage assistance and increasing the supply of affordable housing. She also wants to focus on reducing inflation, fighting to end health care disparities by promoting universal health care, defending reproductive and voting rights, and creating economic opportunity for workers and small business owners in the district.

Employment history : Between 2010 and 2022, Cherfilus-McCormick served as chief executive of Trinity Health Care Services. She resigned once elected to Congress.

Political context: Prior to taking up her congressional duties, Cherfilus-McCormick served on the Broward County Public Schools Advisory Council and served as director of the board of directors of the Haitian Chamber of Commerce.

Education: Cherfilus-McCormick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University. She went to graduate school at the University of Maryland University College for her Masters in Business Administration. She went to law school at St. Thomas University Law School.

Criminal history: None.

Amendments: Cherfilus-McCormick is endorsed by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, State Senator Bobby Powell, Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James, Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto , Riviera Beach Mayor Ronnie Felder, Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Chelsea Reed, Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wilson, former Westlake Vice Mayor Katina Long Robinson and Palm County School District Board Member Marcia Andrews Beach.

Finance: Cherfilus-McCormick had total revenue of $7.5 million as of July 18, with approximately $313,000 in contributions, $7.2 million in loans and more than $6,700 in other revenue. Most of the finance goes to Cherfilus-McCormick herself and ActBlue, which is a nonprofit tech organization to help Democratic candidates raise funds online.

About Jared Moskowitz (D)

Age and residence: 41 park

Key Campaign Priorities: Moskowitz said his top priority was to “defend our democracy, because if we don’t, no other priority is possible.” Moskowitz emphasized passing additional gun violence prevention laws, codifying reproductive rights into federal law, protecting Social Security and Medicare, expanding care affordable healthcare, safeguarding the environment, and ensuring the community is prepared for the potential of another pandemic or public health emergency.

Employment history : Moskowitz is currently a director of MOD, LLC, a consulting firm, since May 2021. He served as general counsel for AshBritt, Inc. from 2009 to 2019.

Political context: Moskowitz is currently Broward County Commissioner. He served as Florida State Representative from 2012 to 2019, until he resigned and took over as director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. He was on the Parkland City Commission in 2006 until he stepped down to run for the Florida Legislature in 2012.

Education: Moskowitz received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from George Washington University and his JD from Nova Southeastern University.

Criminal history: None.

Amendments: Moskowitz garnered about 120 endorsements, including from former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and U.S. Representative Donna Shalala, Florida AFL-CIO, Broward Teachers Union, SEIU Florida,

Finance: Moskowitz’s total contributions to the campaign are more than $1.1 million, including contributions over $855,000 and loans totaling $250,000. Much of the contributions come from ActBlue, a tech nonprofit that helps Democrats raise funds online.

About Joe Budd (R)

Age and residence: 59, Boca Raton.

Key Campaign Priorities: Budd emphasized his belief in returning to energy independence to “solve much of the economic problems caused by Democratic Party policies.” He suggested drilling at Anwar in northern Alaska, completing and opening the Keystone XL pipeline, opening up more federal lands for oil and gas leases, and stopping the “foolishness of the EPA and environmental excesses”.

Employment history : Budd has owned a business, Health and Wealth Partners, since 2015. He has also been a Registered Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation since 1993.

Political context: Budd is the president and founder of Club 45, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Trump’s agenda. He is currently a member of the Palm Beach County Republican State Committee.

Education: Budd’s highest education is a high school diploma.

Criminal history: None.

Amendments: Budd is supported by Florida Family Action, the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, former Congressman Allen West and Andrew Pollack, the father of Parkland Meadow student Pollack, who died in a mass shooting at Marjory High School. Stoneman Douglas in 2018.

Finance: Budd’s contribution receipts total more than $103,000, with approximately $54,000 in individual contributions and $49,500 in loans.

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