By Bryan Boggiano
Former two-term Coral Springs Vice Mayor Tom Powers, who served in the city commission for six years before becoming the Republican Party of Broward County Chairman, has died. He was 66.
Powers died early Saturday morning surrounded by close family after battling cancer for two years.
He was first elected to the city commission in 2008 and served in the city’s government until 2014. During that time, he served two one-year terms as vice mayor.
During his tenure, Powers focused on issues such as education and safety and served on several committees.
“We will forever be grateful for the long-lasting impact he had on Coral Springs and extend our deepest sympathies to his family during this difficult time,” the city said in a statement.
Similarly, State Rep. Dan Daley, who served on the commission with Powers, released a statement, saying:
“We didn’t always agree on things politically, but we served together for several years, and I consider Tom a dear friend. Very sorry to hear of his passing. Thinking of [his wife] Teresa and his family and the good times we shared.”
Powers was also president of the Coral Springs-Parkland Republican Club and became chairman of the Broward County Republican Party in 2020. Powers also served on the Children’s Services Council of Broward County.
Despite being diagnosed with cancer in 2021, Powers continued in his role, leading the organization through the 2022 midterm elections and laying the groundwork for 2024.
Powers stepped down from his role on Sunday, citing his deteriorating health.
“Sometimes in life, we’re just lucky to have good people stand up to serve,” said State Rep. Chip LaMarca in a statement on Monday. “I am lucky to call Chairman @flpowers a friend. #Thankyou.”
Powers was born on Jan. 27, 1957, in Millbrook, New York. He moved to Arizona in 1980, where he became a narcotics agent along the U.S./Mexico border. He served in that capacity for 21 years.
He then moved to Coral Springs with his family, where he became a community organizer and volunteer before his election to the city commission.
Powers is survived by his wife, Teresa, and three children, Brendon, Danny and Alexis. He also has three grandchildren: Alexander, Colton, and Garrett.
- Bryan has a degree in journalism from the University of Florida and earned his masters in geosciences from Florida International University, where he focused in atmospheric sciences. His interests include weather, entertainment, and municipal government.
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