For Abruzzo's Senate seat, redistricting may mean, go west

John Kennedy | Palm Beach Post | 10/16/2015

Already a far western district, Palm Beach County’s Senate District 25 could become even more densely concentrated away from the coast when state legislators redraw boundaries beginning next week.

The county looks almost certain to lose one of four Senate districts which course through it – with Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, poised to be moved further north on the Treasure Coast. That could sap some of Palm Beach County’s muscle, with Negron positioned to become the next Senate president.

But Wellington Democratic Sen. Joe Abruzzo is likely to see much of his District 25 kept intact. Still, several proposed maps released Wednesday by the House and Senate remove a swath of coastal voters in the Jupiter area, moving them into a redesign of the district now held by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth.

The district, though, would still include the Glades, along with western farming and suburban communities – a region Abruzzo has represented since 2012. It also contains portions of the territory that was his House seat the previous four years.

Previously, Senate District 32 could leave the countywhile District 27 stays mostly the same; redistrictingmay concentrate District 34 deeper in Palm Beach County.


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