State Rep. Chris Smith challenges Holness’s county seat

Florida Senator Chris Smith joins the recent slew of former state representatives returning to county politics after their terms expire. Smith has confirmed his candidacy for Broward County’s District 9, long held by Dale Holness.

Smith, who faces term limits next year, filed his paperwork to run this week. He faces the unusual challenge of running against someone with a similar name on the ballot.

As longtime elected officials in Broward, both Holness and Smith are well-known in the district and will be able to rake in a lot of donations from those who do business with the county.

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Holness has raised about $125,000 while the other candidates have not listed any donations so far. A former Lauderhill city commissioner,he won his county seat in 2010 after Commissioner Joe Eggelletion was convicted of corruption

Holness is currently the only Caribbean-American serving on the county’s commission.

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