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 June by Stacy Ritter, who was named president of the county’s tourism operations.

According to Gov. Rick Scott’s press office, attorney Levi Williams and former Coral Springs Commissioner Tom Powers have put their names in for an appointment.

Coral Springs Ex-Commissioner Powers wants appointment to Ritter seat

Coral Springs Ex-Commissioner Powers wants appointment to Ritter seat

Republican former Coral Springs Commissioner Tom Powers (@flpowers) says he will seek an appointment to the Broward County Commission if the governor fills the seat soon to be vacated by Stacy Ritter.

Ritter, of Parkland, leaves her post in early June to become tourism director. 

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Republican former Coral Springs Commissioner Tom Powers (@flpowers) says he will seek an appointment to the Broward County Commission if the governor fills the seat soon to be vacated by Stacy Ritter.

Ritter, of Parkland, leaves her post in early June to become tourism director. 

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(Brittany Wallman)

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Qualifying for candidates running to replace Ritter ended Friday.

Running for the seat are a Democrat, a Republican, and a write-in candidate. It’s a November race.

Parkland Mayor Michael Udine, the Dem, faces Randal Lee Cutter, a church pastor and Republican. A blank line on the ballot will allow voters to write in the name of candidate Raymark Alberto Clement, if they so choose.

The district includes Coral Springs, Parkland, Tamarac and North Lauderdale. Of the active voters, 48 percent are registered Democrats, 23 percent are registered Republican and 27 percent are no-party affiliation.

Broward commissioner Stacy Ritter gets tourism CEO job

With Ritter’s seat empty, the County Commission has eight members. Only one is a Republican, Chip LaMarca in Northeast Broward’s District 4.

The commission is on break right now, though, and reconvenes Aug. 16.

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

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-new-broward-commissioner-20160606-story.html

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