Roy Gold Pulls out of the Mayoral Race

Roy Gold at the Waterway Cleanup

Former Mayor Roy Gold leading the Waterway Cleanup

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Former Mayor Roy Gold has pulled out of the race for mayor of Coral Springs the city clerk has confirmed this afternoon.

Gold, who was the mayor of Coral springs from 2010 to 2012, is responsible for creating the Teen Political forum as vice mayor, which has been a fixture in the city since its inception in 2007. He also was a leader with South Florida’s Annual Broward Waterway Cleanup program that he has been involved in for over 18 years.

This morning I went to City Hall, to the City Clerk’s office to withdraw my name from the race for Mayor of Coral Springs. I thank everyone for the overwhelming support I have received.”  – Roy Gold wrote to supporters.

While Gold was mayor, he was insistent on building a new city hall, however the commission voted no. Once Gold was term-limited in 2012, it suddenly became a good idea. Currently the mayor and commission are moving forward with a new city hall costing upwards of $28 million dollars.

With Gold leaving the race, this leaves City Commissioner Tom Powers as the only candidate, however, not the declared winner yet. According to Sec. 6-15 Vacancy in Candidacy in Coral Springs City Ordinances, it says that if a candidate withdrawals from the ballot after qualifying at least 45 days before the election, the qualifying period for office shall be reopened once again.

Since Powers has already qualified would not have to pay a second qualifying fee.

The ordinance says that any remaining candidate shall not be declared an unopposed candidate unless no additional candidate qualifies for election during the supplemental qualifying period. Any remaining candidate may continue to accept contributions until he is declared unopposed.

If no one decides to run, and Powers is declared unopposed after the new qualifying period, he will be elected unopposed.

“It would have been great to have candidates to have to actually run for office, and not be elected because of default,” said candidate for city commission Howard Melamed.

“Certainly Roy has done enough for this city and we should respect his decision.”

Interested in running for mayor?  Stay tuned for new qualifying dates.

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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  • Robert Wolf

    I for one am very disappointed to hear about Mayor Gold. Having worked him him on projects and committees, he was a valuable asset to the city that the commission has since squandered.
    Had they treated him with a modicum of the reverence they have shown former Mayor Brook, a man who consistently put his welfare before that of Coral Springs, the city would be in nicer place to live.
    I hope that Tom Powers embraces Mayor Gold, and allows himself to benefit from he and his experience.

  • Abunchofbullshit

    I for one am not disappointed; been there done that. Tom Powers should make a great Mayor as I have always found him ‘available’ to the people and caring.

  • More BS

    I agree with abunchofbullshit. If Gold cared so much, why file with two minutes left to the deadline then drop out a couple days later. Its a game and the residents don’t deserve to have games played like this. I hope this stunt does not cost the city money. Do businesses looking to move to the city really need to read about this? It looks bad no matter how you slice it. Why move to a disorganized circus act with an ex mayor who saying I want to come back, no I don’t want to come back, maybe I do want to come back. Let me file to run again, no nevermind want my paperwork back. Let me guess, his next step will be to ask for his filing fees back. I hope the city does not give him his money back. The ordinance that says the city has to repost the qualifying period also says the candidate who withdraws does not get their money back. But this is Roy Gold so I am sure he will ask for it back and complain when the city says no. Or better yet have this shit rag blog post something about poor Roy and his unfair treatment and how an ex mayor deserves more respect then that. Spare me the laughter. Don’t go away mad, just go away.

  • Jil

    A new city hall costing 28 million dollars?! What a stupid, wasteful idea.