Primary Day: Lauren Book to hit voting precincts, hold watch party at Broward restaurant

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The Senate Democratic Leader will have her fellow Senate Democratic Caucus members by her side as the returns come in.

Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book is taking a last lap in the most-watched Primary battle in the state and plans to have her fellow Democratic Senate Caucus members by her side as the returns come in.

Redistricting produced the rare sight of a legislative leader challenged by a member of her own party in Senate District 35. Book is facing her first ballot challenge since she first was elected to the Senate in 2016, as she faces former Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief.

Book started the day greeting voters at the Cooper City Community Center. She planned to move onto the Century Village Clubhouse in Pembroke Pines by 9 a.m., followed by other voting locations later in the day, depending on where the voters are. Later in the afternoon, she’ll be at Davie’s Pine Island Multipurpose Complex, located at 3801 S Pine Island Road.

A quirk of redistricting triggered the Primary, as Book was redistricted into Senate District 32 by four blocks. The district was already represented by incumbent Democratic Sen. Rosalind Osgood. So Book moved into SD 35 and was challenged by Sharief, a health care business owner, who has represented the area either on the Miramar City Commission or the Broward County Commission for 13 years.

Book’s campaign will be a wrap with the victory party at Agave Bandido, 14531 SW 5th St., in Pembroke Pines. Some of the guests, apparently, decided to forgo their own victory parties. Sens. Loranne Ausley, Janet Cruz, Shevrin JonesJason Pizzo and Darryl Rouson are expected to join her.

Sharief’s campaign said her victory party will be at her offices: 3351 N. University Drive, Hollywood.

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