Please be honest about the choices for DEC chair

As of 12/8/12, out of a total of 1,145,856 registered voters in Broward, there are 597,460 registered Democrats, 52% of the total and more than all Republicans, all other parties and all independents combined.

On 11/6/12, 508,312 votes were cast for Obama / Biden, which was 67% of votes cast, a margin of 264,211 more than for Romney / Ryan, and which represents a staggering 85% positive turnout of registered Democrats.

See:  http://www.browardsoe.org/

There are hotheads calling for “regime change” with disproven false accusations of stolen party elections?  In fact, on this planet, there are actual corrupt dictators like Chavez and Putin who hold phony fixed elections who would be embarrassed to claim 67% margins or 85% GOTV success rates.  But in Broward, in 2012, the party actually in fact did it.

Putting aside all paid volunteers, all paid consultants, all paid mailers, all pictures with Caroline Kennedy, all infringement of OFA trademarks and copyrights, and all personal grievances, gripes, score settling, egos and ambitions, does anyone honestly believe that under any other DEC leadership the party will obtain larger margins or more successful GOTV?  You know you don’t.

Crist?

I know everyone’s way too busy working on the circular firing squad (and much much too busy to spare one kind word for anyone they don’t support for DEC leadership), but there actually is a real world out there that real people care about.

It’s a world in which several MSNBC talking heads, the Obama White House  and most if not all of our state newspaper editorial boards seem to have already decided that Charlie Crist should be the next Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

That’s the same ambiguous Charlie Crist who went from “Reagan Republican” to “Jeb Bush Republican” to “Independent Conservative” to “Obama Democrat”, from arch conservative to liberal populist progressive, in 2 brief years, depending upon which way Crist blew  in the political winds.

It’s as if these folks never heard of Arlen Specter.

Anyway, just curious – – Crist is obviously going to run for governor in the Democratic primary with the support of the New York / D.C. folks.  What do the people here think?

JD Camp: YOU hold the power to make the Broward Democratic Party realize its potential – your vote this Sunday

Shared by permission.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: JD <campjdftl@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM
Subject: YOU hold the power to make the Broward Democratic Party realize its potential – your vote this Sunday

Hello fellow precinct committee people –

 

No, I am not running for any office during the Broward Democratic Party leadership elections this Sunday, 12/9. However, I could not just sit by and not get involved with this election. I did that in 2000 – and what a mistake that was. All I did in 2000 was “just voted” and did not get involved until the recount. I spent 3 full days counting ‘hung’, ‘dimpled’ and ‘pregnant’ chads. I was such a fixture that CNN interviewed me on TV (big woop! – I agree). My point is I would never just sit back and not get involved ever again. I have been involved ever since. In 2004 and 2008 I ran the GOTV office for the gay community. It was a huge team effort and because of that, we began to make a difference. I believe we need that HUGE TEAM effort at the county level and it starts at the top with the leadership. Since I have been involved in 2000, I have not seen anything close to its potential. Broward can do better.

 

There are some terrific people running for leadership offices on both official and unofficial “slates”. These people are dedicated, experienced and talented team players and can certainly get the Broward Democratic Party much closer to its performance potential than we have been with the current leadership. These people deserve our attention and understanding of what they are offering us – for the betterment of the party. For 12 years I have been intimately involved with local to national campaigns and the technology and strategy of the Obama campaign of ’08 blew me away. It was leaps and bounds beyond Kerry’s ’04. I was so impressed. The Obama campaign of 2012 did not disappoint me. We have so many of you precinct people and Obama volunteers who have now intimately seen this amazing Obama Campaign (OFA) in action and it is very reasonable to expect that level of teamwork, technology, strategy and yes, effectiveness, with our Broward County Democratic Party.

 

Yes we won in 2012, but we only won the state with under 75,000 votes. Broward is the largest county in registered Dems in the state and we did deliver more than 263,000 extra votes, but only 13 (2 barely) out of 67 counties delivered more votes for Obama than Romney. We are BROWARD COUNTY! We can do better. I looked at the results of the 6 largest counties of these 13 and found that Broward still underperformed significantly (-21%). If we had delivered the same ratio of votes to our registration numbers, we would have delivered an additional 57,000 votes! (320,000 total extra votes for the state) That is on par with where we should have been based on our voter registration numbers. By contrast, Miami-Dade over-performed significantly by +10%!!! Speaking of Miami-Dade, they recently held their county leadership elections and I was so impressed with how many had been intimately involved with OFA and I believe they will continue to outperform. I want the same for Broward.

 

In our Broward organization, we have an area without a designated Area Leader. We also have Area Leaders that are not as effective as they should be. We cannot let this continue. We need effective community organizers in these positions. We need new blood! These changes must be made at the top down and we need these changes now so we are in best shape possible for the mid-terms and Governor’s race. I believe so many people have been working extra hard in Broward, and the wins here recently were in spite of Mitch Cesar and the current organization. Mitch has been taking credit for the wins up and down the ticket and I don’t think that is entirely fair. Everyone involved has something to contribute and I hope they continue to do so, but I believe Mitch’s time has come and gone. We are now at the point where we need new leadership and better organization skills. We don’t need picnics in the final weeks before GOTV in a presidential campaign! We don’t need update emails from the DEC about when Mitch will be appearing on TV or Radio next! We need organizing meetings and skills training seminars and we need to have our army in place and well prepared for the next state, national and local elections. Mitch is known for saying “We know we will be outspent, but never outworked!” I like that attitude, but I feel that it is so much easier to “outsmart and out-organize”. We should be working smarter and not harder. We can do more. We can do better.

 

I first met Cynthia Busch around mid September of this year, but I did not really get to know her and of her abilities until I stepped up to help coordinate our efforts at all Early Vote sites in Broward. I saw that we had a tremendous amount of blue recommendation cards available to put in voter’s hands (again, much of this was in spite of the county party leadership) but there was no apparent plan in place to make this all happen – it was all just willy-nilly! We have far too much at stake to rely on willy-nilly!!!! Well, once I stepped up and offered to coordinate this effort at the 11th hour, I received so much support and direction from Cynthia that, to me, she is the main reason why that program was successful. (all this while she continued her duties as Area Leader, canvassing, staging area with OFA and so much more – she really is amazing!) She is the main reason why we got extra votes for Obama and as importantly, we got more Democrats elected on further down the ballot than previous years. This is the direction we need to move to and now is the time. I urge you to please vote for Cynthia Busch this Sunday, 12/9 for Chair of the Broward County Democratic Party. I also urge you to consider and vote for other progressives that are not afraid of technology or teamwork but instead embrace it and understand that is how we will move forward and become the powerhouse that is the Democratic Party of Broward!

 

Thank you and sincerely – jd

 

JD Camp

Precinct Committeeman R048

CampJdFtL@gmail.com

BrowardEarlyVote@gmail.com

Florida Turns Blue for Obama

Thanks to a lot of hard work, Florida will indeed go down as a “blue state” in the 2012 election, helping Barack Obama to a decisive reelection victory. Now, if we could only do something about that pesky Gov. Scott and the Republican Legislature …

Florida is still not as blue as we’d like it to be.

Source: Alex Hoyt, The Atlantic

Robin Bartleman, Shelly Solomon, and Franklin Sands for Broward School Board (Plus Other Endorsements)

I urge you to vote for Robin Bartleman, Rochelle “Shelly “Solomon, and Franklin Sands for Broward County School Board. I’ve included a longer list of endorsements below, but rather than make endorsements all up and down the ticket, in every part of the county, I’m sticking to writing about the races I know best. Shelly Solomon will appear on your ballot if you’re in district 4 (northwest Broward), while Robin Bartleman and Franklin Sands are running for county wide seats.

I invite other BlueBroward members to post their own opinions to this blog. I do not speak for the Democratic Party; these are my personal endorsements.

I give my highest and most enthusiastic endorsement to Robin Bartleman, who is running for reelection to an at large (county-wide) seat on the School Board.There’s no partisan dimension to this one, or to my endorsement of Shelly Solomon, because both they and their opponents are Democrats. I have nothing negative to say about the other candidates; I simply believe Robin and Shelly are the best choices.

Robin has got to be the hardest working public servant I’ve ever met, at any level of government. When the school system bureaucracy breaks down and parents call her for help, Robin makes it her business to be a troubleshooter. She will take care of the immediate problem, while also working to make the system function better. She has demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards and professionalism.

One odd partisan wrinkle: I recently got an email from someone who wasn’t going to vote for Robin because she’d been endorsed by the Red Broward blog. Well, now she’s been endorsed by BlueBroward, too. I don’t know why that Republican blog endorsed her, and I don’t care, but the important thing is that Robin has done and will continue to do a good job. To vote against her just because some Republican has said a kind word for her is “cut off your face to spite your nose” logic.

Shelly Solomon is my choice for School Board District 4 in Northwest Broward. Shelly Solomon is an attorney and former professional tennis player who has been active in the school system and the community. She served as Co-Chair of the Anti-Bullying Task Force and helped write the school system’s anti-bullying policy. You can learn more about her at shellysolomon.com. I believe Shelly has the experience and knowledge to understand how the school system works and is best equipped to figure out how it can work better.

Like Robin Bartleman, Franklin Sands is running for an at-large, county-wide seat on the School Board. Sands is a former State House minority leader for the Democrats and ought to be able to use his legislative experience to help the county school board deal with the Tallahassee bureaucracy. His website is franklinsands.com. I’m recommending him over Donna Korn, who was one of Gov. Rick Scott’s appointees to fill a vacancy.

I’ve included a longer list of endorsements below. Naturally, I’m supporting the reelection of President Obama, Senator Bill Nelson, and my U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (District 19). Here is the rest of my list, including judicial recommendations I got from polling attorney friends.

State Attorney: reelect Mike Satz

State Senate District 29: reelect Jeremy Ring

State Representative District 97: Jared Moskowitz

County Commissioner: Stacy Ritter

School Board District 4: Shelly Solomon

School Board At Large 8: Franklin Sands

School Board At Large 9: Robin Bartleman

NO on all the Constitutional amendments

YES on all the retention votes for State Supreme and Appeals court judges

Circuit Court Judge, Group 45: Julio E. Gonzalez, Jr.

County Court Judge, Group 5: Olga Levine

County Court Judge, Group 10: Roshawn Banks

Broward Soil & Water – Seat 3:  Terry W. Snipes

Broward Soil & Water – Seat 5: Wayne Arnold

Michelle Obama Had The Most Powerful DNC Speech (And That’s a Good Thing)

If you search YouTube for “DNC,” the results come up in this order:

If this is an accurate reflection of which speeches are most popular, which ones people are going back to watch, I think that’s terrific. Some commentators may mock Obama for falling short of his wife, or his own past performances. This completely misses the point. The Democrats did a terrific job of crafting the whole package so each speech could build on the next.

Talking about the conventions on Friday at my Toastmasters club in Coral Springs, Michelle Obama’s speech was the one I urged people to go back and watch, the one that I thought had the most potential to change people’s minds. I have to be careful about not being too partisan in this setting because party affiliations among the members are very mixed. But I could recommend Michelle Obama’s speech as the one that told the emotional truth of all the best things Democrats, and this campaign in particular, stand for. With great warmth and poise, she told a series of stories about her family sacrificing so she could go to college, and Obama’s upbringing, and the way the President continues to read letters from citizens every night to remind him of the struggles still to be overcome.

The next night came Bill Clinton, with his point by point rebuttal of every argument in favor of dumping Obama in favor of Romney the “turn-around artist.” If lots of people are watching Bill Clinton’s speech, that means there are also some people out there who care about the details. It helps that the facts are on our side.

As the Atlantic’s brilliant James Fallows argues, President Obama’s speech didn’t need to be flashy, or as emotional as Michelle’s or as detailed as Pres. Clinton’s. They played that role so he didn’t have to. See also this rundown of The Daily Show’s analysis.

Going for high flying rhetoric might have backfired on Obama because everyone knows the country is still struggling. But he drove home his serious arguments and included this key moment: “I recognize that times have changed since I first spoke to this convention. The times have changed, and so have I. I’m no longer just a candidate. I’m the President.”

In other words, I’m the President, I’ve made the tough decisions, now let’s get serious about the business of this country.

Also in The Atlantic, Garance Franke-Ruta analyzes the power of Michelle Obama’s speech to drive home points about how this campaign reflects American values of hard work and people trying to get ahead from the Middle Class and below. That’s a story she can tell from personal experience, and the Romneys cannot.

Speeches by themselves don’t win elections, but I couldn’t be more proud of the way our Democratic leaders handled themselves onstage this week. Bravo!

Moved Pollling Places 8/14/2012

These precincts moved to a different polling place for the 8/14/2012 Primary, after the 8/24/2010 Primary.  Precinct moves may affect all or only some of the precincts at a polling place, so it can be confusing.  Some polling places changed between August and November 2010, so voters may be familiar with changes, if they voted in November 2010, but not if they didn’t vote.  Some voters have their most recent voter registration card telling them where to vote.  Others do not. Some election clerks catch on quickly to problems.  Others do not. Some voters show up late or when they have just a few minutes to vote.  The more quickly and accurately you can guide voters to their correct polling places, the more likely they will vote.

The official current list of polling places can be downloaded at http://browardsoe.org and on the left navigation bar click “Election Information” and on the right click “Polling Places.” Rely on the official list to guide voters and use the following list of moved polling places as a place to compare.

A001, A004
OLD: Deerfield Bch Chamber of Commerce, 1601 E Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach
NEW: St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 380 S Federal HWY, Deerfield Beach

A008
OLD: Christian Love Fellowship Church, 747 S Federal HWY, Deerfield Beach
NEW: St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 380 S Federal HWY, Deerfield Beach

C024, C026
OLD: Palm-Aire Country Club, 551 S Pompano Pkwy, Pompano Beach
NEW: Herb Skolnick Community Center, 800 SW 36th Ave, Pompano Beach

C047
OLD: The First Presbyterian Church, 2331 NE 26th Ave, Pompano Beach
NEW: First Brazilian Baptist Church, 1103 NE 33rd St, Pompano Beach

D017
OLD: Brazilian Temple 7th Day Adventist, 3980 NW 21st Ave, Fort Lauderdale
NEW: Boyd H. Anderson High School, 3050 NW 41st St, Lauderdale Lakes

E006, E025
OLD: Coral Springs Medical Center, 3000 Coral Hills Dr, Coral Springs
NEW: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr, Coral Springs

E041
OLD: Coral Springs Mariott, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd, Coral Springs
NEW: Parkridge Baptist Church, 5600 Coral Ridge Dr, Coral Springs

F001, F003, F006, F010
OLD: Grand Ballroom Clubhouse, 1001 Wynmoor Cir, Coconut Creek
NEW: Wynmoor Comm. Council-West Wing, 1300 Avenue Of The Stars, Coconut Creek

G011
OLD: Atlantic Baptist Church, 4850 W Atlantic Blvd, Margate
NEW: Charley Katz Community Center, 6111 NW 10th St, Margate

G013
OLD: Margate Police Department, 311 S State Road 7, Margate
NEW: Atlantic West Elementary School, 301 NW 69th Ter, Margate

G018
OLD: Atlantic West Elementary School, 301 NW 69th Ter, Margate
NEW: Oriole Gardens Phase 1 Clubhouse, 7400 NW 5th Ct, Margate

H005
OLD: Champions Hall, 6601 Blvd of Champions, North Lauderdale
NEW: N. Laud. Saraniero Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd, North Lauderdale

J018
OLD: Sands Point Clubhouse, 8361 Sands Point Blvd, Tamarac
NEW: City of Tamarac Multi-Purpose Ctr., 7531 N University Dr, Tamarac

J020
OLD: Tamarac Recreation Center, 7501 N University Dr, Tamarac
NEW: City of Tamarac Multi-Purpose Ctr., 7531 N University Dr, Tamarac

J021
OLD: Active Senior Living Residence, 9057 NW 57th St, Tamarac
NEW: Fair Haven Clubhouse II, 5700 NW 84th Ter, Tamarac

J025
OLD: Tamarac Recreation Center, 7501 N University Dr, Tamarac
NEW: City of Tamarac Multi-Purpose Ctr., 7531 N University Dr, Tamarac

L009, L011
OLD: City of Lauderhill Golf Course, 4141 NW 16th St, Lauderhill
NEW: Herbert Sadkin Community Center, 1176 NW 42nd Way, Lauderhill

M019
OLD: Sunrise Lakes Phase 3 Sat. CH 3, 9161 Sunrise Lakes Blvd, Sunrise
NEW: Sunrise Lakes Phase 3 Sat. CH 2, 8921 Sunrise Lakes Blvd, Sunrise

N002
OLD: Sinai S.D.A. Church, 201 NW 46th Ave, Plantation
NEW: Jim Ward Community Center, 301 NW 46th Ave, Plantation

N004
OLD: Calvary Chapel Plantation, 11801 W Broward Blvd, Plantation
NEW: Victory Life Church, 115 NW 112th Ave, Plantation

N013
OLD: Lakes of Newport Clubhouse, 41 NW 75th Ave, Plantation
NEW: St Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 7801 NW 5th St, Plantation

N024
OLD: Calvary Chapel Plantation, 11801 W Broward Blvd, Plantation
NEW: Victory Life Church, 115 NW 112th Ave, Plantation

N038, N039
OLD: West Regional Library, 8601 W Broward Blvd, Plantation
NEW: Covenant Retirement Village, Village Center, 9231 W Broward Blvd, Plantation

Q020
OLD: Assumption Catholic Church, 2001 S Ocean Blvd, Lauderdale By The Sea
NEW: Sea Ranch Lakes Beach Club, 5300 N Ocean Blvd, Sea Ranch Lakes

Q075, Q076
OLD: Weston Regional Health Park, 2300 N Commerce Pkwy, Weston
NEW: Weston Hills Country Club, 2600 Country Club Way, Weston

Q090, Q091
OLD: New Horizon United Methodist Church, 5741 S Flamingo Rd, Southwest Ranches
NEW: Southwest Ranches Town Hall, 13400 Griffin Rd, Southwest Ranches

Q092, Q094
OLD: Christ Covenant Church, 4700 SW 188th Ave, Southwest Ranches
NEW: Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St, Pembroke Pines

Q093
OLD: Christ Covenant Church, 4700 SW 188th Ave, Southwest Ranches
NEW: Southwest Ranches Town Hall, 13400 Griffin Rd, Southwest Ranches

R001
OLD: Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5555 N Federal HWY, Fort Lauderdale
NEW: Floranada Elementary School, 5250 NE 14th Way, Fort Lauderdale

R004
OLD: Cardinal Gibbons High School, 2900 NE 47th St, Fort Lauderdale
NEW: Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church & School, 1901 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

R011
OLD: Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5555 N Federal HWY, Fort Lauderdale
NEW: Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church & School, 1901 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

R058
OLD: Broward County School Bd Facility, 1700 SW 14th Ct, Fort Lauderdale
NEW: Ft. Lauderdale 7th Day Adventist Ch, 850 Davie Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

R068
OLD: Riverland Elementary School, 2600 SW 11th Ct, Fort Lauderdale
NEW: Faith Lutheran Church School, 1161 SW 30th Ave, Fort Lauderdale

R084
OLD: Broward County School Bd Facility, 1700 SW 14th Ct, Fort Lauderdale
NEW: Ft. Lauderdale 7th Day Adventist Ch, 850 Davie Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

R106
OLD: Faith Lutheran School, 1161 SW 30th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
NEW: Riverland Elementary School, 2600 SW 11th Ct, Fort Lauderdale

R108, R113, R114
OLD: St. Ambrose Episcopal School, 2250 SW 31st Ave, Fort Lauderdale
NEW: First Alliance Church, 900 SW 31st Ave, Fort Lauderdale

R117
OLD: Sinai S.D.A. Church, 201 NW 46th Ave, Plantation
NEW: Melrose Park Community Center, 3810 SW 2nd Ct, Fort Lauderdale

S003
OLD: Patrick J Meli Aquatic Complex, 2901 SW 52nd St, Dania Beach
NEW: Collins Elementary School, 1050 NW 2nd St, Dania Beach

S007
OLD: Victory Restoration Tabernacles, 4289 Griffin Rd, Dania Beach
NEW: Estates of Ft Lauderdale Clubhouse, 2850 SW 54th St, Dania Beach

T005
OLD: Arrowhead Condos Clubhouse, 2431 SW 82nd Ave, Davie
NEW: The Harvest Condominium Association Clubhouse, 2900 SW 87th Terr, Davie

T006
OLD: Young at Art Museum, 11584 W State Road 84, Davie
NEW: Pine Island Ridge Country Club, 9400 Pine Ridge Dr, Fort Lauderdale

T011
OLD: Arrowhead Condos Clubhouse, 2431 SW 82nd Ave, Davie
NEW: The Harvest Condominium Association Clubhouse, 2900 SW 87th Terr, Davie

V009
OLD: Bay Pointe Terrace Activities Room, 1200 Arthur St, Hollywood
NEW: West Lake Park Anne Kolb Center, 751 Sheridan St, Hollywood

V010
OLD: Bay Pointe Terrace Activities Room, 1200 Arthur St, Hollywood
NEW: Hollywood Beach Community Center, 1301 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood

V016, V019, V023
OLD: Fred Lippman Shuffleboard Complex, 309 N 21 Ave, Hollywood
NEW: Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center, 2030 Polk St, Hollywood

V018
OLD: Oakridge Elementary School, 1507 N 28th Ave, Hollywood
NEW: First Assembly Of God (The Answer Church), 1019 N 24th Ave, Hollywood

V022
OLD: Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Cente, 3161 Taft St, Hollywood
NEW: Oakridge Elementary School, 1507 N 28th Ave, Hollywood

V029
OLD: Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Cente, 3161 Taft St, Hollywood
NEW: Hollywood Hills Elementary School, 3501 Taft St, Hollywood

V037
OLD: Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Cente, 3161 Taft St, Hollywood
NEW: David Park Community Center, 108 N 33rd Ct, Hollywood

V041
OLD: Playdium Hillcrest Complex, 1100 Hillcrest Dr, Hollywood
NEW: Orange Brook Elementary School, 715 S 46th Ave, Hollywood

V045
OLD: Hollywood Community Church, 1708 Taft St, Hollywood
NEW: Hollywood Church of the Nazarene, 5901 Taylor St, Hollywood

V051
OLD: Hollywood Community Church, 1708 Taft St, Hollywood
NEW: Boulevard Heights Community Center, 6770 Garfield St, Hollywood

V060
OLD: Playdium Hillcrest Complex, 1100 Hillcrest Dr, Hollywood
NEW: Orange Brook Elementary School, 715 S 46th Ave, Hollywood

V066
OLD: Fred Lippman Shuffleboard Complex, 309 N 21 Ave, Hollywood
NEW: Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center, 2030 Polk St, Hollywood

V067
OLD: Fred Lippman Shuffleboard Complex, 309 N 21 Ave, Hollywood
NEW: First Assembly Of God (The Answer Church), 1019 N 24th Ave, Hollywood

X002
OLD: South Regional Library, 7300 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines
NEW: Pines Place, 8210 Florida Dr, Pembroke Pines

X026
OLD: Pembroke Pines Health Park Bldg 77, 8301 Pembroke Rd, Pembroke Pines
NEW: Pines Place, 8210 Florida Dr, Pembroke Pines

Y006
OLD: Meadowbrook Condo Recreation, 1001 NE 14th Ave, Hallandale Beach
NEW: Olympus Condominiums Auditorium, 500 Three Islands Blvd, Hallandale Beach

Y007, Y008
OLD: St. Matthew Catholic Church, 542 Blue Heron Dr, Hallandale Beach
NEW: Gulfstream Middle School, 120 SW 4th Ave, Hallandale Beach

Y009
OLD: Meadowbrook Condo Recreation, 1001 NE 14th Ave, Hallandale Beach
NEW: Cultural Community Center, 410 SE 3rd ST, Hallandale Beach

For School Board: Robert Mayersohn, Robin Bartleman, Franklin Sands

Although I don’t have endorsements to make in all the upcoming races, I want to give my highest recommendation to three school board candidates — Robert Mayersohn, Robin Bartleman, and Franklin Sands.

Robert Mayersohn for School Board District 4

First, I want to recommend my friend Robert Mayersohn for School Board District 4. District 4 covers Coral Springs, where I live, as well as Parkland and Tamarac. There are several other high energy candidates in this very competitive race, but I believe Robert is the one with the most relevant experience and the best temperament to make a difference on the school board. Having raised a son who was born with cerebral palsy and guided him through the services available through the Broward County Schools, Robert is probably best known as an advocate for the disabled. One of the main things he learned from his personal experience was how to make needed changes in the school system – not by yelling and screaming, but by working the issues methodically and with determination.

I know Robert doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a one-issue candidate, however. As a parent activist, he has served many volunteer advisory positions with the schools, taking on the broad issues of budgeting and governing education in this county. He has gone to Tallahassee to fight the good fight. After many years as an activist and volunteer, he wants a seat at the table – an opportunity not to just advocate for education, but to have a vote and make the choices that make a difference.

Robert knows how the system works (and how it doesn’t), and he is the candidate best equipped to go to work immediately as an effective school board member.

If you live in the district, please vote for Robert. If you know people who live in the district, please encourage them to vote for Robert and help his campaign. Because I’m working with him on some online stuff, I should also put in a plug for http://www.mayersohn4kids.com and https://www.facebook.com/mayersohn4kids

Robin Bartleman for School Board Seat 9, At Large

Robin Bartleman is an incredibly dedicated school board member, who has held one of the at-large seats on the board since 2004. A former teacher and assistant principal, she has a legendary record for service to schools throughout the county and for constituent service. In a few important situations where we had trouble with the school system that we couldn’t resolve any other way, we asked Robin for help, and she made a big difference. My wife and I think the world of Robin, and we would walk across hot coals if that was what it took to get her reelected.

Robin is such a hard worker that it’s hard for me to imagine her not being reelected, but she does face a serious challenge this year. I encourage you to give her your support any way you can. Continue reading “For School Board: Robert Mayersohn, Robin Bartleman, Franklin Sands”