Daughter likely to take father’s south county House seat

Emily Slosberg (Contributed)

Emily Slosberg (Contributed)

Emily Slosberg appears to have won the primary election for the vacant House District 91 seat and — with no Republican contenders — will likely succeed her father in representing south central Palm Beach County.

Slosberg, the daughter of State Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, who currently holds the seat, narrowly defeated Kelly Ann Skidmore, a House veteran. Based on unofficial elections results, Slosberg took 51.7 percent of the votes, only about 550 more votes than Skidmore.

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“I have some big shoes to fill,” Slosberg said late Tuesday. “I have learned a lot from my father. I look forward to representing District 91 and helping get Hillary (Clinton) elected.”

kelly-skidmoreSkidmore, who succeeded Irv Slosberg in the House District 90 seat and went on to serve four years, sought to return to elected office after an unsuccessful bid for state Senate in 2010.

“I called Emily to congratulate her and unfortunately she was clueless … ” Skidmore said just after the unofficial results went live. “I feel bad for the folks in District 91. If you’ve ever had a conversation with Emily, it was most likely a disjointed one. It’s very challenging to have a straight-forward conversation with her.”

web-072816-pbp-ELEX-FLA-HOUSE-91Skidmore is currently executive director of Broward Days, an organization of business and government leaders who advocate for Broward County-friendly legislation. She plans to stay plugged in to District 91, which encompasses western Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.

“I anticipate I will always be involved,” she said, adding that she’s willing to work with Slosberg to better the community.