Tue August 14, 2012
Kristin Jacobs Loses Congressional Primary
Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs lost last night in the Congressional primary.
She was hoping to become the Democratic nominee for District 22, which covers Broward and Palm Beach counties. The seat was left vacant when Republican Rep. Allen West changed districts.
During her concession speech, Jacobs thanked the crowd of about 50 for believing in her.
"I'm so blessed to have been a part of it," Jacobs said. "I think it was the most wonderful thing I've ever tried to do, and I'm sad about not winning but energized by the future."
Jacobs hugged her supporters -- many of them in tears -- and announced it was time to help her opponent, Lois Frankel, win the House seat.
"We will get all of our efforts together and we're going to do this," Jacobs said.
Jacobs is still a Broward County Commissioner and Vice Mayor of the county. She says she hopes to become Mayor and continue her work on better energy and sustainable developments and transportation.
Pompano Beach City Commissioner Barry Dockswell was at the campaign party.
He says he was hoping for the best for the hometown candidate.
"Lois had and early start and a lots more money, but I also know that Kristen is a very strong, capable, grassroots campaigner,” Dockswell says. “We're certainly pleased and thrilled to still have her here, locally in Broward,”
Jacobs got 39 percent of the votes.
Her opponent Lois Frankel will face Republican nominee Adam Hasner in November.