Congressman Alcee Hastings toured Roosevelt Leadership Academy for Young Men, Friday, April 25th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., according to his reported schedule. The Academy is located at 1900 N. Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach and opened in August 2013 (first of its kind in the School District of Palm Beach County). The Leadership Academy is a single gender school designed to develop well-rounded students that are prepared academically, socially and emotionally for success beyond the classroom
Congressman Hastings represents District 20 and was first elected in 1992; he is currently serving his 11th term in the United States Congress. Florida's 20th congressional district is an electoral district for the U.S. Congress, located in southeast Florida. The district includes Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It also includes a vast area inland to the southeastern shores of Lake Okeechobee, including the community of Belle Glade.
From 2003 to 2012, the 20th district took in parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The district was based in Fort Lauderdale and included many of its suburbs including Davie. The 20th District seat is up for the 2014 election cycle and the announced candidates to date (according to the Florida Division of Elections) are as follows:
Enright, Jean L. (DEM) Active
Bonner, Jay (REP) Active
Hastings, Alcee L. (DEM) *Incumbent
McCline, Jameel (DEM) Active
Stein, Gary (REP) Active
The Florida Elections Commission (FEC) is the administrative agency charged with enforcing Chapters 104 and 106 of Florida's Election Code. The agency is composed of nine appointed Commissioners and its staff is administratively housed within the Department of Legal Affairs. However, the FEC is a separate budget entity and is not subject to the control, supervision or direction of the Attorney General.
The purpose of the FEC is to ensure transparency in Florida's elections. In their capacity as quasi-judicial officers, the Commissioners adjudicate cases. Additionally, they act as the agency head. Commissioners hire an Executive Director who supervises a staff that includes a General Counsel, several investigators and a Commission Clerk.
The FEC is not permitted to give advisory opinions to anyone. Furthermore, the FEC does not have jurisdiction over candidate qualifying issues, how elections are run or how votes get counted.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, April 2014