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By: Sharon Aron Baron
A campaign kickoff and fundraiser for Commissioner Dan Daley was held last Thursday at a local Coral Springs restaurant.
The setting was Tavolino Della Nonna on Sample Road, which was packed with over 130 supporters inside and outside of the Italian eatery.
Daley, who was elected in 2012 at the age of 21, is running this year for a full four-year term for Seat 2. His current term is only for two years due to running for Vince Boccard’s seat when Boccard decided to run for mayor.
So far, no one else has thrown their hat into the ring, and he may run uncontested for his seat.
Daley is now 24 years old and currently a law school student.
“He’s proven himself,” said Commissioner Tom Powers, “He’s had a positive impact on the commission.” He added that the track record of the commission has proven itself, and that they are headed in the right direction.
Daley said, “When we ran last cycle, we promised to work on economic development, public safety, and investing in our community and that’s what we’ve done and will continue to do.”
Daley said that just a few years back, Coral Springs unemployment rate was over nine percent, and today it is 4.5 percent. Property values increased 1 percent last year and 4 percent this year. Over 1,300 new jobs have been created in the city since 2012. Overall crime rate is down 8 percent with an impressive reduction in burglaries thanks to the BEAR unit where they have hired three more police officers and three more firefighters.
“There’s still work to do,” said Daley, “but I’m extremely happy with the progress this commission has made.”
Daley has been a resident of Coral Springs for 13 years and is a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Florida State University, where he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Criminology. He runs an online business that distributes Golden Gro Horse Supplements, and attends Law School at Nova University.
Daley is single, however, he is in a committed relationship. He currently rents a Coral Springs home with a backyard so his dog Molly has some space.
Ryan Reiter, aide to Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca said that one of Daley’s strength’s is his ability to appeal to the younger generation, or the “Millennials,” which are people born in the 1980s to the 2000s.
“Because Dan is a student and small business owner, he has the flexibility in his schedule to make himself available to the needs of the city,” said Reiter. “His time management skills are impeccable.”
Daley’s work in public service didn’t just begin as a legislative assistant to former House Representative Ari Porth in 2009, before that, he served with the United States Air Force as a contracted cadet with the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and had been involved with several charities that support the US soldiers as well as their families. Daley also worked for over ten years with the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, where he worked with many teenagers in the Coral Springs area.
As a city commissioner, Daley serves on several committees including the MLK, Neighborhood, Environmental and the Historical Advisory Committee.
Resident Diane Yousefi, owner of two home healthcare companies has known Daley since he was a legislative assistant for Porth and said, “I’m so proud of Dan’s success, and I’m wishing him success in his next four years.”
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