Parkland mayor Udine files for Ritter’s county seat

Parkland Mayor Michael Udine wasted no time filing to run for County Commission after Stacy Ritter’s seat came open.

Ritter starts her new job as Broward tourism director June 5. The announcement came Friday.

Udine (@michaeludine and michaeludine.com) was at the counter of the Broward elections office Monday morning. He has his first fundraiser planned for May 19 at the home of Parkland residents Robin and David Lopatin.

Official qualifying for the race is June 20-24. But candidates must file with the county elections office in order to start raising money for the race.

Broward commissioner Stacy Ritter gets tourism CEO job

The Republican is a 43-year-old Coral Springs resident named Matthew Robert Mader (@mtthwmdr). His candidacy is too new to report contributions. He is a strategic adviser for Unity Automotive in Boynton Beach, but also is involved in software development. He was formerly registered under no party affiliation.

Udine has two years left in his mayoral term but must resign in November in order to run for the county seat. A special election would be held in March to replace him. Udine said he will not run in March to return to his city post, if he loses the November county contest.

Gov. Rick Scott could appoint a replacement to fill Ritter’s seat until November. If he doesn’t, it will sit open until a new commissioner is sworn in.

Tourism, business worlds ask that tourism czar search go beyond Ritter

Tourism, business worlds ask that tourism czar search go beyond Ritter

Tourism and business leaders called on the Broward commission to search nationally for a new tourism president, rather than tapping a sitting county commissioner.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the Broward Workshop — a group of top business leaders — and the county’s Tourist Development…

Tourism and business leaders called on the Broward commission to search nationally for a new tourism president, rather than tapping a sitting county commissioner.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the Broward Workshop — a group of top business leaders — and the county’s Tourist Development…

(Brittany Wallman)

The District 3 seat covers all or parts of Parkland, Coral Springs, Tamarac and North Lauderdale. The commissioner job pays about $95,000.

The District 3 demographics, according to the supervisor of elections office:

Active Democrats: 63,499

Active Republicans: 30,652

Active No Party Affiliation: 35,393

Active “other”: 2,138

White voters: 72,766

Black: 23,471

Hispanic: 22,080

Other: 13,365

Male: 57,455

Female: 70,761

Other: 3,466

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

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-udine-county-commission-20160510-story.html

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