By Bryan Boggiano
Coral Springs elected officials are throwing their support behind a hometown congressional candidate.
Four city commission members are part of a group of 50 elected officials who endorsed former Florida Director of Emergency Management Jared Moskowitz, the campaign announced Tuesday.
His campaign revealed Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons, and City Commissioners Joy Carter, Shawn Cerra, and Nancy Metayer have endorsed him.
Moskowitz announced Fri., March 4, that he would run for the 22nd Congressional District. The announcement came after incumbent Rep. Ted Deutch announced that he would not seek reelection.
Before his congressional campaign, Moskowitz also served in the Florida House of Representatives. Currently, he is on the Broward County’s Board of County Commissioners for District 8.
Vice Mayor Simmons decided to endorse Moskowitz for both primary and general elections because of his experience at several levels of government, his character, his ability to work in several different environments, and his passion for working on behalf of his constituents.
Simmons cited Moskowitz’s leadership in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy and his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic as proof of his strong leadership.
“The director has faced countless tragedies and has stood strong for the people who needed him in those moments,” Simmons said.
Commission Cerra echoed similar sentiments. He cited Moskowitz’s work during the pandemic, his tenure as a Parkland commissioner, and his efforts to help bring Robert Levinson home.
Moskowitz is the type of leader Cerra wants to see in Washington, D.C. Somebody who will fight for their peers, even against impossible odds.
“Whether it was in Tallahassee, locally, in emergency management under Governor DeSantis or in the county commission, he has proven himself,” Cerra said.
Commissioner Carter said that she has a lot of respect for Moskowitz’s values and his work at various levels of government.
“Jared has proven his leadership, his dedication to our state, our county now, and our communities,” she said. “I [know] Jared could carry on the good that Congressman Deutch has done.”
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- 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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