Ilene Singer, Broward Democratic Activist, Dead at 73

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Ilene Singer (third) with Move to Amend volunteers.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Broward County Democratic activist Ilene Singer died unexpectedly on Tuesday night after a visit to city hall.

Singer had come to visit Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell at city hall on Tuesday about campaign finance reform. When she arrived, she told him she had fallen earlier.  He wasn’t sure where or when it was, but he said she didn’t look well. He called 911, and when they arrived, her blood pressure was low and they discovered she was bleeding internally.

“Last night we had an unfortunate medical event when a constituent came to visit me and unfortunately she died,” said  Campbell to the city commission on Wednesday. “I’d like to take a moment of silence to remember her. Her name was Ilene Singer.”

Ilene Singer (top right) with Congressman Alan Grayson who is running for US Senate.

Ilene Singer (top right) with Congressman Alan Grayson who is running for US Senate.

“I am shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Ilene Singer,” said Cynthia Busch chairwoman of the Broward Democratic Party. “I have known her for almost ten years. She was a committed Democrat and volunteered on countless campaigns. She was especially committed to fighting for progressive causes. We will miss her.”

Singer, 73, had lived in Kings Point in Tamarac since 1999.  A graduate from Oak Park High School in Michigan, she received her B.A. in Business Administration. from Oakland University. Politically active for years, Singer was the South Florida chair of Move to Amend which is the effort to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United. She was also a precinct captain and an area leader for Tamarac and North Lauderdale for the Broward Democratic Party.

According to Busch, Singer was a Progressive Democrat who was a supporter of Bernie Sanders, even running to be a delegate for him this summer.  She was also involved with the Coffee Party, which was a group of people opposed to the Tea Party, and Awake the State, which is currently pressuring Governor Rick Scott to expand access to health care by accepting funds under the Affordable Care Act.

“Ilene was a very very dedicated activist and she worked like heck to make something happen with Move to Amend,” said  Patti Lynn. “Before other groups were working on it, she was one of the first people who recognized the danger, and got involved with trying to amend the constitution so that people were defined as human beings, thereby negating the decision of the Supreme Court.”

Currently, relatives of Singer’s are trying to be located.  It is not known if she has any relatives in Florida.

“She was a wonderful woman doing a wonderful job and she will be sorely missed,” said Kings Point President Len Ronick.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.

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  • tj1950

    I believe that Ilene was meeting with Mayor Campbell seeking his support for the “We the People Amendment”. A movement to amend the Constitution in ways that would defend democracy against corporate rule … the reform of Citizens United. I hope that the Mayor supports Ilene’s wishes.