By: Sharon Aron Baron
If you are a civic-minded person that has an interest in local government, then consider throwing your hat into the ring because you have only until June 22 to decide.
There are several open seats available including one for mayor and two for city commission. In 2016, the mayor earned an annual salary of $22,146.09 plus expenses, and commissioners earned $17,716.41. These are part-time positions, however, they take a lot of free time. If you are considering a bid for office, expect to give up many nights and weekends for city-related events.
Walter “Skip” Campbell
Skip Campbell was elected in 2014 and will be seeking reelection for a third term this November. He is a 40-year resident of Coral Springs and a board-certified civil trial attorney with Krupnick & Campbell.
Prior to reentering political life, Campbell was a Florida state senator from 1996 to 2006 where he served the western portions of central and northern Broward County. He graduated from the University of Florida Law School in 1973.
During his career, he has served as president of the Broward County Bar Association, president of the Broward County Young Lawyers Association, and president of the Federal Bar Association of Broward County.
City Commission Seat 2
Dan Daley will be seeking reelection for a third term in 2018. He was elected to the city commission in November 2012, reelected unopposed in 2014, and was named vice mayor in November 2015. He has been a resident of Coral Springs since 2001 and attended local public schools including Coral Springs Middle School, Westglades Middle School, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Daley is a graduate of Florida State University, with cum laude honors, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminology. He also graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law with his juris doctorate.
Daley is a member of the Florida Bar and is a practicing litigation and land use attorney in the Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami offices of Shutts & Bowen, LLP and now serves as the president of the Broward League of Cities.
City Commission Seat 4
Vice Mayor Lou Cimaglia will be seeking reelection in 2018. He was elected as commissioner of Coral Springs in November 2014. He is a longtime resident of Broward County and a resident of Coral Springs since 1992.
Cimaglia has served various communities through the optimist club, the community relations council of Broward Health Coral Springs and the Knights of Columbus. He is also actively involved in distributing wheelchairs to those in need throughout South Florida. Within the City of Coral Springs, he has previously served on the Coral Springs 50th Anniversary Committee, as well as the customer involved government committee.
He was the founder and chairman of the effort to bring the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall to Coral Springs, which took place in October 2015. Cimaglia was honored in 2015 by the Florida Panthers in their “Heroes Among Us” program.
A Broward County Public School teacher, Joshua Simmons will be running for city commission Seat 4 this November.
Currently serving on several Coral Springs committees: customer involved government committee, multi-cultural advisory committee and the Martin Luther King Jr. committee, Joshua spends time attending city commission meetings. He also volunteers for the Lynn Johnson Award nominating committee, Worldfest, and the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts. He also formed the Broward Young Black Progressives, a nonpartisan group, which educated, engaged and empowered young millennials to be involved in the political arena.
Simmons holds a bachelor of arts in political science, a master’s in psychology and currently teaches at Coral Springs High School.
Interested in running?
If you are interested in becoming a candidate for either of these four seats, call or email City Clerk Debra Thomas and she will provide materials for review, and follow-up with an in-person meeting to explain the candidate process. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-344-1067.
Once you have spoken to the clerk, the qualification period will begin at 12:00 noon on Monday, June 18, 2018 through 12:00 noon on Friday, June 22, 2018.