…….. There is only a few months left before the Fort Lauderdale City Elections for the Mayor and all the City Commissioners, but you’d never know it. There has been little campaigning, and only one real race.
…….. That one “real race”, might be the race for the most needy District in the City - District III. That race looks to be between the front running incumbent and his one challenger – ……read on …..
This is the District III incumbent, Commissioner Robert Mckinzie, who has only been in the office for about a month ( he was just appointed to fill the seat of Commissioner Bobby Dubose,, who was elected to the State House in November).
Here are the two signs for them both, at the intersection of Sistrunk Boulevard and the Avenue of the Arts (NW 7th Ave.)
…..A closer look might show that there may truly be a race going on -
This is the challenger, Donna Guthrie. She is the neighborhood President of Melrose Park.
…… And as you can see, somebody doesn’t like Guthrie’s campaign. Guthrie has a big black graffiti mark under her eye, and under the “Fort Lauderdale City Commission, District 3 ” line, someone spray painted over Guthrie’s tag line – “Unbought and Unbossed” . That is a not so thinly disguised comment that she believes Mckinzie is the insiders choice.
Guthrie says that’s a fair comment, that Mckinzie should have never been appointed to the seat, as he was a candidate for the seat and that gave him an unfair advantage
…. . But Guthrie says that is not stopping her campaign. She points to some mighty hefty endorsements to date – - Congressman Alcee Hastings, Art Kennedy, State Rep Gwen Clarke-Reed, Roosevelt Waters, and Property Appraiser Lori Parish. This is a race to watch!
Of course, if you are really a glutton for punishment, you can always stay attuned to the Mayor’s race, and his perennial challenger
- Earl Rynerson
More later :-)