By: Sharon Aron Baron
After winning with 58 percent of the vote, Dan Daley was elected to the Coral Springs city commission for the third time.
In a race against challenger Diane Gonzalez Simpson for seat two, Daley won by 6,685 votes.
“I’m overwhelmed because it just reinforces what I’ve been working on, saying and doing,” he said. “We may not agree on every issue, but I am someone who will weigh all the facts and make the best decision for the community.”
One of Daley’s strengths has been in helping residents get issues taken care of. Whenever a resident will call or email him about a problem, Daley will immediately get to work.
“The most important thing is constituent services. They want someone who accessible.”
One of his goals is moving the city forward, and said that for the first time in 20 years, they are doing so with the downtown area and the $200 million financial plaza project.
“The biggest work we have ahead is making sure that it is done properly,” he said.
On Tuesday night, Daley thanked all his volunteers and supporters. Most importantly, he thanked his mother Ann, who stood outside at early voting while he worked, or while he took time off due to the death of his friend and mayor, Skip Campbell.
Daley said Campbell’s untimely death was a tremendous loss – with some big shoes to fill. Asked if he would consider running for the mayor’s seat in March, Daley was noncommittal.
“I’m keeping my options open. I’m glad we won this election.”
In 2012, at the age of 22, Daley was the youngest ever elected official in the City of Coral Springs. In 2014, he was elected unopposed, and now, during his third term, he is the second most senior commissioner on the commission.
A resident since 2001, Daley attended local public schools, and graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A cum laude graduate of Florida State University, Daley was a legislative aide to former State Representative, Ari Porth. He earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern University, and now works as a land use attorney for Shutts & Bowen, LLP.
Daley said he will continue his tradition of assisting his fellow residents with problems both big and small. He said he is committed to weighing all information and making decisions based on the long-term best interest of this city.
He said he was looking forward to getting back to work, but he never stopped as he was handling constituent issues at the polls.
“We have work to do. Coral Springs has a rich history of being the ‘city in the country,’ and while we can never forget our past, we must shape our future. Our brightest days are ahead and I’m excited for all we can do.”