Because of term limits, many veteran members of the South Florida legislative delegation won't be heading back to Tallahassee next year. This gives voters who are tired of incumbents a great opportunity to turn the page and select a new crop of lawmakers who can find sensible ways to deal with the many tough challenges -- principally budget, growth and education issues -- that Florida faces. All three of the recommendations we make today involve districts where the incumbent is retiring due to term limits.
Voters have a choice in this far-south district between two strong candidates, Democrat Katie Edwards and Republican Frank Artiles. The winner will replace term-limited Rep. Juan C. Zapata, chairman of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation. Also running are Graziella Renee Denny, no affiliation; and Tea Party candidate Nestor A. Iglesias.
Mr. Artiles, 37, describes himself as a moderate "with fiscal conservative views." An insurance adjustor, he has some well-informed opinions and ideas about how to improve windstorm policies for the benefit of consumers.
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Our choice is Ms. Edwards, 29, who is the executive director of the Dade County Farm Bureau and would be a strong advocate for farmers and growers. "Our Legislature is controlled by a handful of individuals whose pursuit of power has done little to improve the quality of life for Floridians, " she told The Herald Editorial Board. She wants to reduce the emphasis on the FCAT, stop abuses in the public pension system and will be a strong voice for husbanding of the state's precious water resources.
For Florida House, District 119, The Miami Herald recommends KATIE EDWARDS.