By Aaron Shea
State Rep. Silver to contend against incumbent Gannon in District 86
Thursday, July 25, 2002
He has led a local crusade against the
state Department of Agriculture’s citrus-canker tree-cutting program, and
he has fought in the courts to eliminate the “Choose Life” license plates.
But Barry Silver’s next battle will be
against State Rep. Anne Gannon in the September Democratic primary.
Silver – a Boca Raton attorney and former
state representative – filed Tuesday for the District 86 State House Seat,
which includes large portions of Delray Beach and Boca Raton. Silver is
so far the sole challenger facing Gannon.
He was also among four candidates Gannon
defeated in the 2000 Democratic primary before winning her first term in
the District 88 seat.
The eccentric Silver said he jumped into
race – just days before Friday’s noon qualifying deadline – following pleas
from several diverse groups of people.
“I was actually pretty happy in my law
practice,” said Silver, who held the District 89 state seat from 1996-98
before being ousted by Curt Levine. “A fair amount of people urged me to
Silver, who already paid the $1,700 qualifying
fee, said among those who asked him to run were members of the South County
Haitian community, environmentalists, feminists and the contingency that
opposes the Atlantic High School relocation, among others.
“We want to give control of the district
back to the people,” said Silver, who is on the board of the Haitian-American
Council in Delray Beach. “A lot of groups in the community feel they need
a voice. We want to take the control out of the hands of the special interests
Before being elected to the two-year term
in office, Gannon, a Delray Beach resident, was a Tallahassee lobbyist.
Gannon said she was not surprised by Silver’s
entry into the race.
“We’ve been expecting this for a month,”
she said. “We’re already working hard, and I intend to run on the issues
that affect the people in the district. I’m looking forward to it.”