By: Sharon Aron Baron
Calling all civic-minded citizens that are interested in running for office in Coral Springs: your chance to get on November’s ballot begins on Monday and runs through Friday. Have an big interest in our local government? Then this is your chance to make a difference.
There are several seats available, including one for mayor and three city commissioners. A mayor of Coral Springs is currently compensated at $21,776.00 plus expenses and commissioners make $17,420.00 per year plus expenses. On the November ballot, residents will be asked if they want to amend the Charter and raise this amount for commissioners to $28,000 and the mayor to $34,000 beginning in 2017 making this a well-paid part-time position.
The following are seats that are either open or up for reelection:
Currently Vince Boccard is serving as mayor, but will be term-limited in November making this an open seat. City Commissioner Tom Powers, a retired Arizona State Police Officer, is the only one that has expressed an interest in running for mayor so far. Powers has also served as vice mayor, as well as on several city committees.
City Commissioner Seat 2
Commissioner Dan Daley is up for reelection in November. He has held commission seat 2 since being elected in 2012. Daley runs an online business in Coral Springs that distributes Golden Gro Horse Supplements as well as attends Law School at Nova University throughout the year.
City Commissioner Seat 4
Seat four is an open seat that will soon be vacated by Claudette Bruck who will be term-limited in November. So far two people announced they will be running: Howard Melamed, a civil engineer and CEO of CellAntenna Corporation in Coral Springs and Lou Cimaglia, a real estate broker, who has been in the real estate business since the 1970s and active volunteer with the Knights of Columbus.
City Commissioner Seat 5
Currently occupied by Commissioner Tom Powers who is running for mayor, two candidates already have publicly started their campaigns to fill this seat: Joy Carter, realtor with Keller Williams, and a long-time volunteer for various city organizations and Laurette Homan owner of Hilton Insurance Services in Coral Springs and graduate of Coral Springs High School.
How to Qualify:
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 from 12:00 Noon on Monday, June 16, 2014 until 12:00 Noon on Friday, June 20, 2014.