Published November 3, 2012

Palm Beach Post Article 

“Sachs Fights for Causes that Matter”

To the Editor:

This is a first time for me. Never before in the thirty-six years of carrying the label Nobel Peace Prize Laureate have I felt it necessary to write such a letter to the editor of any newspaper.

However, as a woman who stood with  many other thousands of women in Northern Ireland against violence and injustice, I feel compelled to put pen to paper.

It is difficult to watch anyone being pummeled by personal attacks. It hurts even more when the person being attacked is a dear friend of many years.

Senator Maria Sachs is such a friend. I know Maria very well. She has stood shoulder to shoulder with me to build the first “City of Peace” for children.

Maria Sachs has been an advocate for all that is right in the world, such as fighting for the rights of children against the powerful who want to traffic in child slavery; fighting for the rights of the environment against the moneyed interests of oil companies, and fighting for the rights of the women against those in power who want to subjugate them.

I believe the American people are aware of the power of advertising. Money talks, we all know that, but when it is used to buy personal attacks against a fine lady and mislead the public it must be challenged. Do not allow this to happen to one of the best women you have in politics today. I say this as a Nobel Peace Laureate. I stand behind Maria’s courage to fight for what is right, not only in America, but in the world. Please consider this my endorsement of Maria Sachs.


Betty Williams

October 24, 2012:

“A Clear Distinction” – Maria Sachs, Democrat, State Senate District 34


September 30, 2012:

“Candidates spar over differences at Delray Beach forum”

Published in Palm Beach Post

Reported by John Lantigua

092912 - (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post) -- DELRAY BEACH -- District 34 State Senator Maria Sachs speaks to the crowd on Sunday. Women’s Alliance for Political Awareness (WAPA) candidate forum on Sunday, September 30th at 2 PM at the South County Civic Center at 16700 Jog Road in Delray Beach.

“Maria Sachs, Democratic state Senate candidate in District 34, channeled Clint Eastwood Sunday at a candidates forum sponsored by various women’s organizations.
The organizers explained that her opponent in the district that includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, Ellyn Bogdanoff, was one the candidates who couldn’t attend because of scheduling conflicts. But Sachs situated an empty chair on the stage for Bogdanoff anyway. Sachs wasn’t anywhere near as nasty with that chair as the sandpaper-voiced Eastwood was at the Republican National Convention as he attacked President Obama”.


September 18, 2012:

“Invest in Education” – Maria Sachs for State Senate Second TV Ad



August 20, 2012:

Voters Coalition Endorses Maria Sachs for State Senate, Sun-Sentinel calls it a “marquee endorsement”

Sun-Sentinel Article, August 27


August 20, 2012:

“Former Prosecutor, Fighting for You” –

Maria Sachs for State Senate TV Ad






August 10, 2012: 

“Maria Sachs outraises Bogdanoff during latest fundraising period in SD 34”

St. Petersburg Blog

In the fundraising quarter ending August 9, Senator Maria Sachs outraised her opponent, Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff by 30 percent. Sachs raised nearly $31,000 to Bogdanoff’s $24,000. The vast majority of Sachs’s contributions came from Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Sachs’s campaign believes her financial advantage compliments her position of political strength: the new Senate District 34 supported Barack Obama and Alex Sink by double-digits in 2008 and 2010 and has a large Democratic registration advantage.

“I am humbled by this strong showing of support from the people of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. As a forty-year resident of South Florida I know this community and understand and share its values. It is clear that I will have the resources I need to take my message of better schools and a stronger economy to the voters,” Sachs said.


August 7, 2012:

“Senator Maria Sachs Celebrates First “Purple Heart Day” in Capitol

Capital Soup

SENATOR MARIA SACHS CELEBRATES FIRST “PURPLE HEART DAY” IN CAPITOL Legislation sponsored by Delray Democrat sets August 7th as Annual Day of Honor for Florida’s Purple Heart Recipients

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s very own “Purple Heart Day” – established on August 7th through legislation sponsored by Senator Maria Sachs (D-Delray) – marked its first celebration on Tuesday in a ceremony at the Capitol.

“The ceremony today means that Florida has finally joined other states around the nation in recognizing these selfless men and women,” said Senator Sachs, whose own father earned two Purple Hearts during World War II. “The commemoration of this day allows each of us, each year, to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our nation’s ideals.”

Senate Bill 276 not only designated August 7th as “Purple Heart Day” but authorized the Governor to annually issue a proclamation designating it as such. The bill also encourages public officials, schools, private organizations, and all residents of Florida to commemorate “Purple Heart Day” and honor those who have been wounded or killed while serving in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

The Purple Heart, originally awarded exclusively for meritorious service, is the nation’s oldest military award. It was first introduced as the “Badge of Military Merit” by General George Washington on August 7, 1782, during the Revolutionary War.

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor estimates that there have been 1.7 million Purple Hearts awarded.