Bobby Powell Stepping Down as Florida State Senator to Pursue County Commission Run

In a significant move for Palm Beach County politics, Bobby Powell, a longstanding state senator, has announced his decision to step down from his role in the Florida Senate.

His resignation, effective November 4th, signals the beginning of a new chapter in his political career as he sets his sights on a seat in the Palm Beach County Commission.

Powell, who has served as a state senator representing Palm Beach County for nearly 8 years, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve his constituents. “Serving as Senator has been a tremendous honor and a significant part of my life,” Powell stated, reflecting on his time in office.

With his eyes now set on a position in the County Commission, Powell aims to ensure a seamless transition for his district by avoiding any gaps in representation.

The decision to resign comes as Powell prepares to run for the Palm Beach County Commission District 7 seat. District 7, currently held by Mack Bernard, is facing a vacancy due to term limits, prompting Bernard to announce his intention to vie for Powell’s soon-to-be-vacated state Senate seat.

Powell’s resignation allows Governor Ron DeSantis time to organize a special election to fill the state Senate seat, ensuring that central Palm Beach County, including areas like Riviera Beach, Lantana, and West Palm Beach, maintains proper representation.

Bobby Powell Stepping Down as Florida State Senator to Pursue County Commission Run

Expressing his commitment to his constituents and the community, Powell emphasized the importance of avoiding any gaps in coverage during this transition period.

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“Filing my resignation now allows the Governor time to set a special election to coincide with the upcoming primary and general elections,” Powell explained, underscoring his dedication to ensuring uninterrupted representation for Palm Beach County residents.

As Powell embarks on this new political journey, his decision to pursue a role in the Palm Beach County Commission marks a significant shift in his career trajectory. With his experience and dedication to public service, Powell aims to continue making a positive impact on the community in his new capacity.

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