Bobby DuBose and Levoyd Williams are both Democrats running for the open state House seat in District 94.
Both are African-American, as is 53.5 percent of the district — which includes part of Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Lauderhill and Lauderdale Lakes.
Both are city commissioners, from Fort Lauderdale and Lauderdale Lakes, respectively.
And both are in agreement on most political matters, citing job creation and health care expansion as key issues for the district.
DuBose and Williams are also lifelong friends.
DuBose grew up playing with Williams' children. Both men pledged Kappa Alpha Psi in college and remain active in the fraternity. Both have sworn to run a positive campaign, free of attacks on the other candidate.
So how does either one intend to stand out?
For Williams, the key is experience.
"Look at my record," Williams said. "I have 40 years of service to this community."
That service includes not only his time on the Lauderdale Lakes City Commission, but also a host of community organizations such as Leadership Broward, Broward League of Cities and the Broward County Planning Council.
"Sometimes it's not necessarily the quantity of time, it's the quality of time," DuBose said. "Within the six years I've been on the City Commission, I've been very effective on economic development and job creation."
DuBose has a pair of other advantages as well. More than 50 percent of the district is in Fort Lauderdale, an area he already serves, meaning more familiarity to voters. Additionally, DuBose has raised $107,000 to Williams' $33,000.
Regardless of who wins, it will certainly not be the last the two see of each other. When reached for comment, Williams said, "We're brothers. We'll be at a fraternity meeting this Saturday."
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Family: Married, two children
Residence: Fort Lauderdale
Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Florida
Occupation: Insurance adjuster
Political career: Elected to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission in 2009; re-elected once.
Campaign coffers: $109,309 raised as of July 4.
Top three non-newspaper endorsements: Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, state Rep. Perry Thurston, state Sen. Chris Smith
Family: Married, two children, four grandchildren
Residence: Lauderdale Lakes
Education: Bachelor's degree, Bethune Cookman University; MBA, Nova Southeastern University
Occupation: Retired from telecommunications industry
Political career: Elected to the Lauderdale Lakes City Commission in 1998; re-elected three times.
Campaign coffers: $33,924 raised as of July 4.
Top three non-newspaper endorsements: State reps. Gwyn Clarke-Reed, Katie Edwards and Hazelle RogersCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun