A Florida Senate committee appointed to review a challenge to Riviera Beach Democratic state Sen. Bobby Powell’s election has been dissolved after Powell’s Republican rival, Ron Berman, withdrew his contest of the result.
Powell defeated Berman with 54.1 percent of the vote in the Nov. 8 election for the northern Palm Beach County District 30 seat. But Berman filed a notice of contest on Nov. 21 because Ruben Anderson, a Democrat who never made the primary ballot because of a bounced qualifying check, had filed a lawsuit seeking a new Democratic primary that included him on the ballot.
Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis dismissed Anderson’s suit in December, saying he did not have jurisdiction to decide whether Powell should be seated and that it was up to the Senate to decide.
Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, in December appointed a five-member credentials committee to review the case beginning on Thursday. But Negron dissolved the committee today, noting that Berman had withdrawn his notice of contest over the weekend.
Berman opened a campaign for Palm Beach Gardens city council on Dec. 20.