Fort Lauderdale Elections Coming!

     It seems like just yesterday when the rogue, wildman, despot was ordered out!
 
     No, I’m not talking about Gadaffi,  I’m talking about long time Mayor Jim Naugle, who finally left City Hall after 25 years, due to term limits, and a new Mayor and new Commissioners were elected, just over two years ago.

                                                                
                                                              ousted tyrant

     Well, it’s almost that time again. Yes, less than a year from now, February 2012, the City will have a chance to vote for a Mayor and their Commissioners again ….

                                            This is what I know so far

              Mayor

   
     
Current Mayor Jack Seiler  is running, though he has not yet opened his campaign account.

     A local gadfly, Robert Walsh, ( no picture could be found!)  has been hinting that he will challenge Seiler, though he should save some skin and stay home!

     Of those that ran for the Mayor’s spot last time around – former Commissioner Dean Trantalis  (here with Hillary!), has said no, no no no, fogetaboutit, don’t even think about it, leave me alone and ….. you have dialed a number that has been disconnected !! ( I think that means he’s not running!)

     Steve Rossi, the lawyer who says more people sit on his face (his lawyer advertisements are on bus benches and other street furnitures) , couldn’t be reached for comment  .. is he running? ..who knows?


     And last but not least  Earl Rynerson, the Seiler thorn and budget hawk blogger,  says there will be no need for him to run if Seiler substantially reduces the budget to an appropriate size for a city of our size ( I don’t know, but I bet that means that he will run).

     If anyone has heard of anyone else who has been talking about running for Mayor, please let me know!

     District I

     Current Commissioner Bruce Roberts is running, but hasn’t opened a campaign account yet.
 Roberts is excited about running for re-election. He says the “team” is working well together, has met it’s commitments, but needs to work more on economic development and neighborhood enhancement in the next term.

      Of those that ran for District I Commission last time, former incumbent Christine Teel has vanished without a trace, 

           and 2009 challenger Inger Garcia says she will be supporting Roberts this go around, but doen’t want people to count her out altogether in the future.

                                           
                                                         lawyer, Inger Garcia

     District II

     Incumbent Charlotte Rodstrom is running for re-election, and has opened her campaign account. 
  She says “the voters will decide if she’s earned another term”. She said she is passionate about the job and is really enjoying public service. 

     The person that came closest to Rodstrom last time, beach activist Steve Glassman, said that he has not heard any rumblings about a challenger for Rodstrom, and says “that is sad”.      
     He says in a democracy, people should always have a challenger, but that “running against Rodstrom is actually running against two incumbents” ( her and her County Commissioner husband John Rodstrom).

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                                                            Glassman

     Glassman also quoted President McKinley’s political advisor ” there are two things important in politics, money, and I can’t remember the other one”!

     Another former District II candidate Howard Elfman says he will be “supportive of a good solid candidate, but will not be running this time around”

                                                  
                                                     Howard Elfman


          
OK, I’m still waiting for word from District IV incumbent Romney Rogers, and some former challengers in Districts 3 and 4, so tune in again next time 

                           ……….   for the rest  of the story !   …Tim