Mayor running for Florida House seat outside where she lives

Kristin Jacobs running for District 96 in Florida House

By Ben Candea , Bob Norman - Investigative Reporter

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - The Broward County mayor said Wednesday she'll comply with the Florida Constitution, which requires elected officials to reside inside their district, if she wins a seat in the Florida House.

"When you win election, you have to move into the district and it's unfortunate that there are those who are not doing that," said Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs.

Jacobs is running for the District 96 seat in the Florida House, but she lives in Pompano Beach, which is outside the district. She's running for the seat because she's term-limited in Broward County.

"I'm working within the law," she said.

The Florida Constitution only requires lawmakers to reside in the districts they serve once they're elected.

"I think of myself as a public servant and doing the work that I've been able to do for the county commission has been the biggest blessing of my life," said Jacobs. "There's a lot more work to be done on the state level."

"Are you a carpetbagger?" asked Local 10's Bob Norman.

"I'm not a carpetbagger," she replied. "I represent the district now as a county commissioner and I so hope that I get to represent them as a member of the the Florida House."

Jacobs is running against former state representative Steve Perman.

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