Good Turnout at Lantana Library Candidate Forum
We had a successful meeting last night in the Lantana Library. If we didn’t exceed the room capacity, we did run out of chairs :-). The agenda began with a prayer (Frank Doninno), the pledge (Ed Fulop), and the National Anthem (Christine Kenney), followed by an inspirational talk by Shannon. We then heard from Fred about the 912 candidate tools and the importance of getting involved in the primaries as well as a description of the Taxpayer Action Board (TAB – pbctab.org. ) of which South Florida 912 is a member. Roberto gave us the status on the 8/28 and 9/12 bus trips to DC, and Philipp Blumel described what’s going on with the term limit fight in West Palm Beach to let Lois Frankel follow in the footsteps of Mayor Bloomberg of New York.
After a short break, the main event began, with a face off between incumbent County Commissioner Jess Santamaria and Democrat primary challenger Michael Jackson. This race is interesting because Mr. Jackson, a smart, well thought of community leader worked for Jess for 3 years for the experience, with the understanding that Mr. Santamaria did not intend to run for re-election. Despite the fact that they are primary rivals, both men appear to still admire and respect each other. If you attended the event, post a comment below and tell us who you thought was the winner of the exchange.
Next up were the contenders for Florida House district 85, Tami Donnally and D.J. Derenzo. Tami is well known at 912 events, having been with us from the beginning, and this was the first time some in the audience had a chance to see and hear DJ. For two contenders in a Republican primary, it is quite striking how much their positions on issues differ. Again – if you attended the event, let us hear from you who won this exchange.
The remainder of the meeting was an opportunity for candidates in other races to introduce themselves and we had a collection of regulars as well as some new faces this time.
Starting with Steven Rosenblum (FH 89), we heard from Jaimie Goodman (Ckt Court Judge group 33), Lloyd Comiter (County Court Judge group 7), Joe Budd (CD 19, R), Sherry Lee (CC district 2, R), Albert Key (FH 84, R), Andy Schaller (CC district 6, NPA), Vince Goodman (CC district 7, R), and Alison Rampersad (FH 90, R). David Donnally spoke for Mike Lameyer (FS 27, R) who sent his regrets, and Ed Lynch spoke for Bill McCollum (Gov, R).
In addition to the candidates present, we were honored to have PBC Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock in the audience.