By: Sharon Aron Baron
If you are a civic-minded person that has an interest in our local government, then consider throwing your hat into the ring because residents in Coral Springs have just one more week before the qualifying period begins.
There are several open seats available, including one for mayor and two city commissioners. They may be part-time positions, however, those that throw their heart in it understand that it takes up a lot of time with nonstop preparation for the next meeting. The pay isn’t bad either: a mayor receives an annual compensation of $22,146.09 plus expenses and commissioners receive $17,716.41 per year plus expenses, but expect to give up many nights and weekends for city-related events.
Walter “Skip” Campbell
The mayor’s office is currently held by Skip Campbell, who was elected in 2014. Campbell has just announced that he will be seeking reelection for a second term. He is a 38-year resident of Coral Springs and a board-certified civil trial lawyer with Krupnick & Campbell.
Campbell previously served in the Florida Senate from 1996 to 2006 where he served the communities of the western portions of central and northern Broward County. He graduated from the University of Florida’s Law School in 1973. During his career, he has been 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 3
Currently held by Larry Vignola who was elected in 2010, Vignola has filed for reelection seeking another term. Vignola serves as chair for the Coral Springs Financial Advisory Committee, as well as the Youth and Family Committee, Sports Coalition, Principal Education Committee, and Teen Political Forum. He also serves as a Commission liaison to the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, and he is a member of the Coral Springs Charter School Board and the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Vignola is a graduate of the University of Miami and currently works as a non-lawyer for the injury attorney’s at The Berman Law Firm in Business Development.
Karen Jones has filed her paperwork with the city on May 10, seeking the city commission 3 seat. She is a Grievance and Appeal Coordinator at Centene Corporation in Sunrise and is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University.
Jones is also a volunteer mentor at Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital.
City Commission Seat 5
Currently held by Joy Carter who was elected in 2014, Carter has filed to run for another term. She currently serves on the Senior Advisory Board, Public Art Committee, Historical Advisory Committee, Multi-Cultural Committee and Museum Board. Carter has over 29 years of community service and volunteer support for multiple organizations.
She is a 31-year resident of Coral Springs who began her career in real estate working for the City’s main developer, Coral Ridge Properties. She is currently a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty.
Interested in running?
If you are interested in becoming a candidate for either of these four seats, then submit qualification documents at the Office of the City Clerk during the qualification period from 12:00 noon on Monday, June 20, 2016 until 12:00 noon on Friday, June 24, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact the Coral Springs City Clerk Debra Dore Thomas at [email protected] 954-344-1067.