Matt Willhite to forgo final House term, seek Palm Beach County Commission seat

Willhite hopes to succeed District 6 Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, who is facing term limits.

Democratic Rep. Matt Willhite plans to step away from the House after three terms and mount a bid for the Palm Beach County Commission.

Willhite will make the announcement at a Friday afternoon event with the Palm Beach County Firefighters and Paramedics. That group is planning to endorse Willhite in his County Commission bid, as he seeks to replace Commissioner Melissa McKinlay in District 6. McKinlay is barred from running for a third term because of term limits.

Willhite will focus on his legislative record in declaring his bid Friday, according to a statement obtained early by Florida Politics.

“I’m thrilled to announce that I’m running for Palm Beach County Commissioner to continue my lifelong service to our community,” Willhite plans to say.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as state Representative since 2016, where we made monumental strides in protecting our small businesses, seniors, and public schools and supported our law enforcement officers and first responders by passing crucial legislation extending PTSD treatment.”

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