Ken Keechl, a Wilton Manors attorney, has filed papers in Tallahassee seeking the district 93 seat in the Florida House of Representatives.
Keechl, 53, confirmed to SFGN in a telephone call Wednesday afternoon that he is indeed starting another political campaign. Keechl called the incumbent district 93 representative, George Moraitis, a “homophobe.”
An openly gay married man, Keechl was first elected to the Broward County Commission in 2006. He was defeated for the seat by Chip LaMarca in 2010 and lost a re-match in 2014.
Moraitis, a Republican, has served in Tallahassee since 2010. According to data from the Broward Supervisor of Elections office, district 93, which straddles the coast line from Boca Raton to Hollywood, has more registered Republicans than Democrats or Independents. This unique situation makes the district a rare competitive contest in a solid blue Broward.
Keechl contends Moraitis is out of touch with the constituents. His campaign issued the following statement:
"My opponent has spent the last six years in Tallahassee voting for every piece of anti-woman and anti-LGBT legislation to cross his desk, to allow the dangerous practice of fracking, and to cut education funding by $1.3 billion, all the while denying the looming threat of climate change to our community. When I’m in Tallahassee, I will fight for the rights of every Floridian no matter who they love, their gender, or their ethnicity, to find responsible solutions to combat the threat of climate change and to ban fracking, and to provide our public schools with the resources our students and teachers need to give every child the excellent education they deserve. It’s time to take the power back from the special interests and put the people in charge in again.
”Keechl is the second Democrat to challenge Moraitis. Florida Atlantic University student Doug Oberman, 22 of Deerfield Beach, announced his intentions last month.
SFGN has placed a call into Moraitis’ Fort Lauderdale office seeking comment and a response from his campaign.