Three incumbents from our area already have shown the ability to work when possible in a bipartisan fashion. We endorse each of these Democrats: U.S. Reps.Alcee Hastings, Dist. 20,Lois Frankel, Dist. 21, andTed Deutch, Dist. 22. All of the districts — newly drawn, as per last year’s redistricting court ruling — remain heavily Democratic.
Hastings, seeking a 13th term, still commands respect on both sides of the aisle. We have concerns about his support of the payday lending industry, but he is a leading voice on issues such as gun control, immigration and health care for seniors. His knowledge of trade and transportation infrastructure should be an asset to the Port of Palm Beach. His Republican opponent, Gary Stein, did not meet with The Post Editorial Board.
Frankel, after two terms in office, has grown into the job. A go-to person for local mayors because of her stint at the helm of West Palm Beach, she also bird-dogged passage of a second Water Resources Development Act, important to Everglades restoration, and has taken a key role in seeking federal help on the sober home issue. Frankel’s Republican opponent, Paul Spain, is trying for a second consecutive time to unseat her.
Deutch, also seeking a third term, told the editorial board that he’d like to continue pushing for gun control and other staple Democratic positions. He’d also like to see Congress address the growing opioid overdose epidemic. His Republican opponent, Andrea Leigh McGee, did not meet with the editorial board.
Deutch, Frankel and Hastings each deserve another term.