Deutch running for Wexler's seat

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WEST BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - One day after U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler announced he is leaving Congress to focus on Middle East Peace, South Florida politicians are not wasting any time.

At least a couple of current and former lawmakers are throwing their names in the ring.

At his home Thursday afternoon in West Boca Raton, surrounded by his wife and children, State Senator Ted Deutch said running for Wexler's seat is a natural next step for him.

Wexler's congressional district includes parts of Palm Beach and Broward Counties much like Deutch's state district.

Plus, the last two people that occupied Deutch's state senate seat, Ron Klein and Wexler himself, went on to Congress.

Top of Deutch's agenda, health care reform with a focus on seniors. "We need to ensure medicare is preserved, the scare tactics stop and benefits will be there for them. They deserve that."

Former Broward County Commissioner Ben Graber reportedly announced he will also run for Wexler's seat.

Some other democrats that could run include West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel, State Senator Jeremy Ring of Coral Springs, Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter and former State Representative Irv Slosberg of Boca Raton.

One republican has also thrown his name into the ring, Ed Lynch.

Deutch says he has not secured Wexler's endorsement yet; however, political experts say, he is the candidate most likely to get the exiting politicians support.