Sun Sentinel and Former Mayor Make their Choices in Upcoming Election

5338ed07117bb.preview-620By: Sharon Aron Baron

Telling readers that they are the best choices and will keep taxpayers in mind,  the Sun Sentinel endorsed Walter “Skip” Campbell for Mayor;  Howard Melamed for City Commission Seat 4; and Joy Carter for City Commission Seat 5.

The Sun Sentinel editorial board said that Walter “Skip” Campbell, a 65-year-old attorney and former State Senator, was an effective Democrat in a Republican-dominated Legislature who puts fiscal responsibility at the top of the issues facing Coral Springs.

According to them, Campbell  is no fan of the $28 million City Hall complex scheduled to rise at the southwest corner of Sample Road and University Drive. The development is part of the city’s plan to create a downtown destination, and Campbell thinks it should be scaled down. The editorial board believes that Campbell is the strongest candidate who has displayed leadership.

Howard Melamed, owner of CellAntenna Corporation, was their choice for Seat 4. The editorial board strongly recommends him and wrote that he knows his stuff. He would be a good watchdog over taxpayer dollars. When he says, “I know what’s going on,” you know he does.

The Sun Sentinel also recommends Joy Carter for Seat 5.  Of the three candidates, she appears most likely to aggressively bring new ideas and ask the right questions of fellow commissioners and staff.

Former Mayor Endorses Candidates

Besides being endorsed by the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, former Mayor Roy Gold sent out his endorsements by email on Thursday.  We obtained a copy of the email here.

Former Mayor Roy Gold

Former Mayor Roy Gold

Dear Friend,

I have been encouraged, asked and told it is important that I weigh in on this election cycle with whom I believe would serve our community residents best. While certainly some of you will disagree with my choices, they are my choices. I hope you will give them your full consideration.
Please take for time to view the attached Debate between the candidates.

First, in the race for City Commissioner, seat 4, I give my support to Howard Melamed. Howard has a grasp of the issues facing Coral Springs and is not afraid the challenge the status quo. His strong campaign reflects his serous desire to serve as a watchdog for our scare tax dollars. Lou Cimiglia as a fine gentlemen and a great volunteer.
Howard deserves your vote.

In the other race for City Commissioner, seat 5, I give my support to Joy Carter over Andy Holtz and Laurette Holman. Joy has been a valuable volunteer and leader in a large number of groups and organizations and has serve in many leadership positions. Whether as the Chairperson of the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce, an executive member of the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, a graduate of the Coral Springs Police Academy she has shown her love of Coral Springs and her dedication in service to others. Her depth of experience and energy will serve our city well.

Andy has been a hard working candidate and hopefully will continue in his desire to serve our city. Laurette Homan too has worked tirelessly in her campaign and hopefully will continue in her desire to be involved in volunteering in our city.
Ms. Carter’s experience, knowledge of the city and desire to question issues improvement to our community would serve us well.

And finally in the race for Mayor, I support Walter “Skip” Campbell over Tom Powers. Skip has an incredible background in law, Government and working for the people. He has waged his effort to be the Mayor of Coral Springs based on responsible leadership, transparency and fiscal responsibility. I am for open government and have a keen awareness of the value of having five independent voices on our City Commission. Skip offers Coral Springs an excellent leader with vast experience in government as our former State Senator and will bring positive ideas to improve and enhance Coral Springs.

Residents have a lot of choices and these endorsements are just that, endorsements.  The important thing is that you vote.  Need poll information or early voting hours?  Go to the Broward Supervisor of Elections page.

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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  • Ira

    Everyone has a problem properly spelling “Holz.” (See error in Gold’s endorsement letter.)

    Andy Holz has come out of left field, but man–this guy has really impressed me. While I’m not a fan of his tax breaks for firefighters and police personnel (what’s the deal with that?), he has the right view on economic development. We don’t NEED new buildings; we need to better support current businesses. This is what attracts OTHER companies to the area.

    I like Joy too, but Andy’s vision on economic development is a little broader.

    However, the Coral Springs Art Festival is without a doubt, and by far, the most attended and BEST special event this city has ever seen. (Our Town has become a tired old joke.) And Joy runs the festival, which is a great example of her outstanding organizational skills.

    It’s a tough one to call, but if Homan wins, I’m moving to Idaho.

    • Eileen Brauer

      Then I sincerely hope Homan wins if it means you leave for Idaho!

      • Susan

        I agree with Eileen. I’ve had enough of Ira’s comments and editorials. Can we vote him out of the city on the ballot?

        • Ira

          Who cares what you’ve had enough of?

          Your puny intellect can’t process it anyway.

    • Barb

      I happen to agree with you on this one…shocker….I like Andy and loved the fact he didn’t need to read a script during the debate. I still disagree with you about Melamad, I think he is very self serving and willing to twist facts to fit his purpose. If Howard was serious about all his articles he has written then he would have run against Daley who he constantly makes remarks about, one would think he would want him off the board. My problem with Skip Campbell is close to the same, twisting facts to fit his needs even after it has been explained time after time how he is wrong, he still sticks with it in his ads and debates. So guess he is taking a page out of Obama’s book and saying whatever you want to get elected whether it is true or not.

      • Ira

        There’s nothing inherently wrong with running for an open seat based on its advantages for a newcomer:

        The problem is a city charter which allows someone to keep his seat unopposed.

        But of course, you have no problem with THAT, because you support Daley.

        A hack, like Homan.

        • Barb

          My comment was that if He had such a problem with Daley and thinks he is SO bad for the city then why not run against him and get him out….wouldn’t that be the thing to do if you care so much about the city?

  • Barb

    I have one question…if Skip Campbell says he isn’t a fan of the complex,does that mean he went to the numerous meetings that were held about it and voice his opinion or is it just a campaign issue?

    • Susan

      Good question, Barb!

    • The Truth Seeker

      I doubt it. I haven’t seen him doing anything anywhere in the city. I think he is just paying his consultant alot of money of do ‘research’ for him and pick the topics he can try to BS us about. So many inconsistencies to what he says, its the same tired argument over and over but I believe thats the intent, keep saying the same lies over and over and eventually people will believe it. I think the residents of Coral Springs are smart enough to see past that. If not, then we deserve just what we get, like Obama.

    • The Truth Seeker

      I do find his last mailer ironic though. Under ‘Skip’s Priorities’ it says “Develop our downtown and business community to bring jobs and improve our lifestyle”. Seriously, did he say ‘develop our downtown’, the thing he had been arguing against or does he really still think he can put a cheap city hall building somewhere else and then unleash a great and better plan to develop downtown? If so, where is that plan? Let’s see it? I really can’t stomach people that just say whats wrong without what can be done to make it right. Really tired of the same BS arguments quoting ‘Fiscal Responsibility’. His lack of understanding and participation in the city is only beat by his arrogance in thinking he can ‘buy’ the Mayors seat with BS. He even said at the end of the last debate he thought Powers, the commission and city staff were doing a fine job, just not ‘fiscally responsible’. I say they couldn’t do that job or be able to borrow the money if they were not fiscally responsible enough. I pray our residents use their brains, look at the facts and vote for the people that really will keep us moving forward.

      • Mark

        Hey Larry Vignola, check out the Sun Scantinel. Your buddies and your vision is on their way out of Coral Springs. That’s the real truth.

        • Get real

          You mean the same vision of city hall that Roy Gold talked about needing for eight years. Ironic that now he wants candidates that complain about city hall and downtown. How could any of you believe and buy into that self serving ass. Do some research. Your all falling into his own personal vendettas. Did he slip up and tell someone he was going to file and back out before he ever did? Something else really smells. And check Howards contribution history. 12000 to Republican Party. Now in the democratic club. Hilarious.

          • Barb

            Exactly, well said. Hilarious

  • Abunchofbullshit

    Oh, now both of these ‘endorsements’ are a real surprise!! A newspaper that is so enamored with our current government in Washington and an ex-Mayor who has contributed so much to taking this city down the slimy slope!! I know I would follow their lead…….AND VOTE OPPOSITE!!

    • Ira

      Your avatar suits you.

      • Susan

        Your Facebook profile pic suits you, Ira. Oink!