New Candidate Enters Commission Seat 2 Election; Brook, Simmons Still Running Unopposed

 

By Bryan Boggiano

Election season is in full swing in Coral Springs.

On April 15, Joseph Manuel Alvelo filed papers with the city clerk announcing his intent to run for Coral Springs City Commissioner Seat 2 against incumbent Commissioner Shawn Cerra.

Alvelo, who currently sits on the Coral Springs Affordable Housing Committee, would be the first openly gay city commissioner if he gets elected in November.

“I look forward to becoming more involved and having the opportunity to do even more for the community if elected into this new position in November,” he said in a press release. “Being a voice for people in need that may have felt underrepresented is something that gives me pleasure and motivation daily.”

New Candidate Enters Commission Seat 2 Election; Brook, Simmons Still Running Unopposed

Candidate Joseph Manuel Alvelo is running for Shawn Cerra’s seat in November.

As of his campaign finance report filed on May 9, Alvelo’s campaign reported $100 in donations from My Southern Exposure Media Group, LLC.

Through April, Cerra has yet to report any campaign donations, according to his campaign finance report filed on May 4.

Mayor Scott Brook, who is running for reelection to Commissioner Seat 1, brought in an additional $700 in April, bringing his total donations up to $10,725, according to campaign finance reports filed on May 8.

During the most recent reporting period, most of Brook’s donations came from Berger Dental, located at 1890 N. University Drive, and the Law Offices of Neil V. Singh, located at 10100 W. Sample Road.

Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons continues to outraise every other candidate by a wide margin.

In April, Simmons bought in an additional $6,545 in campaign donations, bringing his total to $34,346, according to his campaign finance report filed on May 5.

More than half of these donations came from businesses, including Predesco Property Investments, which donated $500, and lobbyist Ronald L. Book, who donated $1,000.

The qualifying period for the city commission election will take place between June 13 and June 17.

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New Candidate Enters Commission Seat 2 Election; Brook, Simmons Still Running Unopposed

Bryan Boggiano
A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.

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