County Commission candidate seeks appointment from governor

A County Commission candidate hopes to win a seat with just one person’s vote — the governor’s.

Randal Cutter, a pastor from Coral Springs, applied to be appointed by the governor to the empty District 3 seat representing northwest Broward. Cutter, a Republican, is running for the seat in November against Michael Udine, a Democrat who is mayor of Parkland. Write-in candidate Raymark Alberto Clement also is in the race.

Cutter said when he read that others had applied for the appointment, he worried voters would be confused.

“I needed to let the governor know there was a legitimate candidate running for the seat,” he said in an email. “I didn’t think it would give any advantage to be appointed and, in fact, might actually hurt because of the perception of unfair advantage. However, I also felt that if he appointed anyone else, it would confuse the issue in Broward County and could potentially hurt my campaign.”

Governor accepting applications for Broward County Commission

Governor accepting applications for Broward County Commission

It’s not easy for a Republican to be elected to the County Commission in Broward, where the largest group of voters are Democrats.

But two local Republicans are hoping they can be appointed to a seat, even if it’s just a four-month stint.

The Northwest Broward District 3 seat was vacated in early…

It’s not easy for a Republican to be elected to the County Commission in Broward, where the largest group of voters are Democrats.

But two local Republicans are hoping they can be appointed to a seat, even if it’s just a four-month stint.

The Northwest Broward District 3 seat was vacated in early…

(Brittany Wallman)

There’s no certainty the governor will make an appointment, but a spokeswoman from his office said he’s still accepting applications.

Here’s who has applied so far. All are Republicans:

• Thomas Powers, former Coral Springs commissioner and current governor-appointee to Children’s Services Council.

• Levi Williams, a lawyer who has held gubernatorial appointments in the past. He has a photo of himself with the governor on his law firm website and was Broward chairman of the governor’s 2010 campaign.

• Randal Cutter, pastor of New Dawn Community Church.

Church, state and the County Commission race

Church, state and the County Commission race

If you don’t pay property taxes, is it OK to complain about them?

One of the three people running to replace Stacy Ritter on the Broward County Commission, in Northwest Broward’s District 3, is a church pastor. The church-owned house he lives in is exempt from property taxes.

Pastor Randal Cutter…

If you don’t pay property taxes, is it OK to complain about them?

One of the three people running to replace Stacy Ritter on the Broward County Commission, in Northwest Broward’s District 3, is a church pastor. The church-owned house he lives in is exempt from property taxes.

Pastor Randal Cutter…

(Brittany Wallman)

• Leslie “Ken” Barnett, a past gubernatorial appointee to the South Broward Hospital District.

• Robert Sutton, chairman of the Broward Republican Party.

• Francis “Rico” Petrocelli, former Plantation councilman who is running for mayor there in 2018, former chairman of Broward Republican Party and past gubernatorial appointee to Broward Housing Council.

Like all of the County Commission districts, District 3 leans Democrat.

bwallman@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4541. On Twitter @BrittanyWallman and @BrowardPolitics.

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-broward-commission-opening-20160906-story.html

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