There is an undercurrent of race and age lapping over the campaign for a new Broward County Public Defender.
The candidates, five Democrats at this point, are largely in sync on the issues.
When candidates mostly agree, age and race becomes more important. And it is retiring Public Defender Howard Finkelstein who is raising it.
Finkelstein promises to keep mentioning race and age through the campaign.
Race and age is thought to be especially important in Broward, where African Americans now comprise about half of the registered Democrats. Blacks in recent years have captured such leading offices as Broward Clerk of the Courts from the older generation of whites.
Race and age of a candidate is more important when running for Public Defender, according to Finkelstein.
He points out that the PD office represents the poor charged with a crime. Many of the accused are from minority communities and are young.