Attorney Vs. Former State Legislator For County Commission, District 5

One of four Palm Beach County Commission races on the ballot is for District 5, where Mary Lou Berger has served the last eight years and is termed out. A fellow Democrat, Maria Sachs is running for this seat against Republican David Shiner.

Shiner says "I've been an attorney for the past 20 years and a small business owner. I decided to run for this race, primarily because I wanted to focus on the environment and make sure that we can protect the Ag Reserve."

Shiner is concerned that Sachs' husband is the founding partner of a law firm which practices lobbying and represents developers. Some of its members have donated to Sachs' campaign.

We attempted, unsuccessfully, to connect with Sachs and her campaign.

She served in the Florida House and Senate for several years, until 2016.

District 5 encompasses the areas of West Boca, West Delray and West Boynton, with no incorporated cities. That has Shiner saying the Sheriff's Office budget, which is governed by the county commission, must allow for more deputies.

"We're not serviced by any city law enforcement. It's all Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and I would like to see a stronger presence of police officers out there."

One of Shiner's proposals is to allow deputies to work security details at senior communities like King's Point at no charge to those communities.

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