By: Sharon Aron Baron
The kick-off campaign for commissioner Dan Daley’s reelection was standing-room only in Coral Springs Thursday night with over 140 supporters filling the bar area and patio of Tavolino Della Notte Restaurant. Midway through the event, it was impossible to turn around.
Originally scheduled just one week after the Parkland massacre, it was a no-brainer for Daley, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, to cancel the event.
He told the audience that he would be remiss if he didn’t take some time to talk about the events on February 14.
“Never in a million years when I got involved in politics, when I stepped up and wanted to serve my hometown, did I think that I would have to hug parents, teachers, students, friends who lost friends and loves ones at Stoneman Douglas. It’s the unthinkable.”
Daley said he’s very proud of both the actions of the police officers and firefighters on February 14, and it meant so much to have both the Metro-Broward Professional Firefighters Local 3080 and the Coral Springs Fraternal Order of Police in attendance.
He asked when everyone went home that night that they say a prayer, send a thought, or decide to get involved – whatever level they were comfortable with, to make sure this never happened in any community across this country again.
Back in 2012, at the age of 22, Daley was the youngest ever elected official in the City of Coral Springs, and now just six years later, he is the second most senior commissioner sitting on the commission.
“I like to think I bring a level of experience and expertise to the city commission, and with your help, we’ll continue that as we move forward,” he told the audience.
Daley said back in 2012, he ran on three issues which haven’t changed: Economic development, public safety and cleaning up the look and the feel of the city. He said that they’ve turned the entire economic development process on its head by revitalizing the process, bringing in new businesses, retaining businesses, and most importantly, by growing existing businesses.
Despite some tough decisions over the past year where the budget has been tight and and the city hall was voted on, Daley thanked his colleagues who had the foresight to help make the tough decisions.
“You don’t elect people to make these decisions – anybody can make decisions. You want people who are going to weigh the options and do what they think is best.” He said some votes were not easy, but they were the right thing to do.
Robby Holroyd, government affairs manager for the Children’s Services Council who worked with Daley as an intern for former State Rep. Ari Porth said that Dan is willing to take the hard political votes because he knows it’s the right thing.
“Dan doesn’t do things to be reelected, he does it because it comes from within, and he knows that it’s the right direction for the City of Coral Springs.”