Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, (@Jenna_Buzzacco)
When she first ran for office, Lizbeth Benacquisto just wanted someone on the Wellington City Council to represent people like her.
She was a young mother at the time, with kids in the local schools. She and her friends decided one of them needed to run for council, to represent the families of the community.
“I drew the straw that put your name on the ballot,” she said.
More than a decade after that first campaign, the 46-year-old Fort Myers state senator said she’s still doing whatever it takes to make sure her friends and neighbors are represented. And even after a hard-fought and bitter congressional bid earlier this year, Benacquisto said the thought of not going back to work or not running for re-election never crossed her mind.
“I was back in Tallahassee at 8 a.m., the Wednesday morning after the primary,” she said. “There was work to be done. I was proud to finish strongly, yet I know this is the last term I will seek in the Florida Senate.”
Benacquisto faces Bokeelia resident Michael Dreikorn in the Republican race for the District 30 state Senate seat. The winner of the Aug. 26 primary will serve a four-year term.