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Every year, we send an assortment of well-educated men and women to Florida’s State Capitol to represent us. They speak for us, act on our behalf, educate themselves about importatnt issues, learn how to work together and try to execute productive resolutions. If they like the job, they run for re-election. Sometimes, their reasons for being there differ from those given to their constituents prior to Election Day; their actions become inconsistent with their promises while questions about their legislative intentions are buried in a blizzard of platitudes. When this occurs, its usually a good time to consider “changing the guard”.

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To be effective, politicians must master a spectrum of communication skills. The art of defining an issue and exhorting the need for a piece of palliative legislation in the same breath is known as “spin”. Depending on how its utilized, “spin” can be either a tool or a weapon; it can rally support for a good cause or create just enough confusion to allow a fox into the henhouse.

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REP. GEORGE MORAITIS
In order to determine whether or not your representatives still speak for you, you must examine their work product. To properly diagnose or “unspin” an issue, simply read the actual legislation. If you don’t have the time or patience to peruse the dry legislative text, review an authoritative summary. Corresponding with your representatives is another alternative to directly examining legislative content. Every year, legislation affecting Galt Mile residents oozes out of Tallahassee, often unnoticed. The issues surrounding that legislation will be explained in this section. Before next year’s legislative session, the articles will be relegated to the site’s Tallahassee Archives, setting the stage for the new session. Email, write, FAX or telephone your Statehouse Representative and your Senator with the specific obstacles that any issue or legislative effort hold for you. To find all the contact information for the Galt Mile’s political representatives in Tallahassee or elsewhere, go to the Report Card.

Florida Senator Gary Farmer
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Galt Mile Residents are currently represented by George Moraitis in the Florida Statehouse and Gary Farmer in the Florida Senate. Notwithstanding their official “party” affiliations, their primary responsibility is to YOU. They are obligated to exercise their voting power and influence the outcomes of certain issues based upon the feedback they recieve from their constituents - US. If they don't - as exclaimed by Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley while considering the virtues of Democracy - we can “Throw the rascals out.”

Florida Senate Florida House After familiarizing ourselves with the legislative land mines planted during the annual session and unifying behind issues that benefit the entire neighborhood, we can send our political representatives in Tallahassee a clear and unconflicted wish list. Furthering their constituents' agenda will have a far greater impact on their future political ascendency than their party affiliations - or ours. This pro-active formula also shields our community from the paralysis of partisan gridlock that might otherwise belabor efforts to enact favorable legislation. By sending a few strategically timed emails, we can thwart bills conceived to abridge our rights, erode home rule and drain association budgets. Not a bad day's work!

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2003 Legislative Session



Update: Senator Jeffrey Atwater

September 24, 2003 - Florida State Senator Jeffrey Atwater addressed a September 18, 2003 Advisory Board meeting of the Galt Mile Community Association at Nick's Italian Restaurant. The Thursday afternoon luncheon meeting afforded members the opportunity to query the Senator about a variety of issues that affect our neighborhood, City and State. The Senator, accompanied by Legislative Assistant Michelle Mattox, fielded questions about shore preservation, fire safety, insurance and the political process.

Florida State Senator Jeffrey (Jeff) H. Atwater
Senator Jeffrey (Jeff) H. Atwater

Robert Rozema, GMCA President, alerted the Senator to our concern stemming from the severe tidal erosion that plagues our beaches. The GMCA played an integral part in the Florida State Cabinet’s decision to include Fort Lauderdale in the permit sought by the Broward County Department of Environmental Protection to renourish the beaches from the Dade County line to Pompano Beach. A contingent of Galt Mile residents staged a successful demonstration at the May 13th Cabinet meeting to refocus the Cabinet’s attention on the critical part that our beaches play in the State’s economy and the lives of all Floridians (CLICK HERE for full story). Unfortunately, the Senator was in Rome at the time and unavailable to join the other Broward County, Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale representatives that lent staunch support to the beach renourishment project. The Senator expressed regret at having missed the opportunity to support the project at the critical Cabinet vote. He explained that politics demands a clear vision of all sides of every issue. He recounted that Deerfield Beach, one of the offshore donation sites for the sand, has raised concerns about being left with a shortage of sand once the dredging operation is complete. It was pointed out to Senator Atwater that every environmental study precluded any possibility of damage to the Deerfield Shoreline and Broward County has guaranteed Deerfield that they would assume all responsibility for any possible adverse reaction suffered from the donation. The Senator also acknowledged that while the vast majority of environmental groups (including every major one) were clearly in favor of the beach renourishment, politicians generally retreat from involvement in any environmental controversy. The Senator agreed that there was no rational justification to allow the beaches that protect our infrastructure and underwrite the already shaky Florida economy to quietly disappear.

Senator Atwater identified the "Fire Safety Amendment" controversy as "an ongoing struggle that is far from settled". Referring to the secretive statute sponsored by the National Fire Sprinkler Association and the Plumbers and Pipe fitters Union that slipped through the legislature a few years ago, the Senator explained that two elements would conspire to perpetuate the controversy. One element is the media-fed scare tactics that the Senator called the "Towering Inferno Scenario". The second element is the huge amount of money at stake for the industries (and their lobbyists) that sponsored the original legislation. Again, the Senator exclaimed that the issue was a political mine field that intimidated any politician with a survival instinct. Howard Goldstein, former [sic - editor] president of Plaza East, asked the Senator how Condominium Associations should respond to the contradictory interpretations of both the legislation and the subsequent amendment. The Senator, a co-sponsor of Senator Geller’s Amendment S 592 that supports the right to “opt out” of certain exigencies created in the original legislation, advised the attendees to "do nothing!" Senator Atwater was alluding to a recent Public Meeting conducted by State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher’s office wherein the State Fire Marshal’s staffers admitted that "This law is in a state of flux. The Fire Marshal’s office, along with most local fire authorities, is awaiting clarification from the legislature." Politicians are aware that the media-driven scare tactics exploited by the sponsoring lobbyists bear little relation to reality. While our representatives support a more moderate “owner determined” engineered fire safety system (Geller’s Amendment passed the House - 114 YEAS, 0 NAYS - and the Senate - 36 YEAS, 2 NAYS (Campbell and Dawson), and 2 Abstentions), they dread being painted as "soft on fire safety."

Chief Financial Officer, State Fire Marshal and State Treasurer Tom Gallagher
Treasurer Tom Gallagher
The Senator also spoke to the insurance industry’s highly unstable approach to Florida underwritings. The industry is attempting to justify its volatile behavior as simply a reaction to topsy turvy actuarial fundamentals drawn from the unusual claims patterns that are supposedly unique to the State of Florida. Many insurance companies have recently declined to continue servicing certain key categories, opting instead to forego offering competitive coverage and sacrificing their "admitted" status. There is, for instance, a dearth of admitted carriers for such industry cornerstones as automobile insurance and malpractice coverage. If not for the State of Florida’s self-directed disaster insurance (a seven-member Board of Governors and a technical advisory board ALL appointed by the State Treasurer (Tom Gallagher) for three-year terms, representing geographically diverse regions of the state), there would be NONE. It appears as if this threadbare system is one disaster away from non-existence. This issue was first tackled by Senator Atwater while serving in the Florida House in 2002. He successfully sponsored a bill designed to merge the Florida Windstorm Underwriting Association (FWUA) and the Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association -- the insurers of last resort for residents in hurricane-prone regions of the state -- into a new entity, the federally tax-exempt Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The industry is claiming that they need statutory protection from “frivolous litigation”. The insurance industry has uniformly bemoaned having to survive in a "litigious" environment across the country. Not surprisingly, the industry feels that they could prosper if claims payments weren’t judicially enforced. The obvious problem with this solution is that claims would be paid based upon the carrier’s ability to afford them, not on their merit. Who wouldn’t enjoy a similar arrangement with FP&L, BellSouth, Visa and our friendly mortgage holder. Taking a stand on this dogmatic dilemma represents another recurrent nightmare to our elected “voices” in Tallahassee, squeezing them between the rock hard Insurance and Trial Lawyers’ Lobbies.

The Senator deftly rewrote the meeting’s agenda. In addition to exhorting his position on a variety of ongoing struggles, he took the opportunity to clarify the perplexing paralysis that seems to continually afflict Tallahassee. There was some confusion surrounding the Senator's purpose for responding in this manner. While some of us interpreted the Senator’s message as “be patient”, others framed it as an admonition to “get use to it!” In any event, it appears as if the problems of shore preservation, fire safety and insurance instability are dwarfed by the psychological battering that our representatives are forced to endure. A simple solution for our legislators’ job-related stress would be to allow them to vote yea AND nay on each issue. Perhaps a third voting option labeled “sometimes” could be affixed to a yellow light on the electronic voting apparatus.

Florida State Senator Jeffrey (Jeff) H. Atwater, a first term Republican representing District 25, staged an upset during his struggle for the Senate seat also sought by Bob Butterworth, the high profile Democratic candidate who resigned as Florida State Attorney General in a futile effort to fill the seat vacated by Debby Sanderson. Senator Atwater’s Capitol office is located in the Senate Office Building (Room 212) at 404 South Monroe Street in Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100. His Tallahassee telephone no. is (850) 487-5100, SunCom: 277-5100 and FAX no. is (850) 487-5296. His local District Office is at the Oakland Park City Hall on 3650 N.E. 12th Avenue in Oakland Park, Florida 33334. Local Contact numbers are Phone: (954) 847-3518, Fax: (954) 847-3519. The Senator’s official Florida Senate web address is accessible by CLICKING HERE. Senator Atwater’s E-mail address is atwater.jeffrey.web@flsenate.gov. Michelle Mattox, Senator Atwater’s Legislative Assistant serving the Galt Mile Community, can be reached at (954) 847-3518 or Click Here to E-mail.

For complete contact information, go to Report Card.


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The Select Committee on
Condominium Association Governance

Representative Julio Robaina, Committee Chairman and Speaker
Chair - Rep. Julio Robaina
November 15, 2003 - The Florida Legislature recently gave birth to a new committee.
The Select Committee on Condominium Association Governance has that “double-edged sword quality” that earmarks many Tallahassee creations. Actions implemented by this committee stand to influence various levels of, as the name implies, Condominium Association governance. Any committee is capable of producing positive or negative results depending on the committee composition, the input sources utilized by the committee and the political pressures and incentives manufactured by vested interests (lobbyists) and the media. Their focus could range from requiring greater transparency from Board Members (financial disclosure, term limits, etc.) to micro-management of the daily administration of private Associations (Big Brother).

The key in this case is input. Any actions taken by the Select Committee need to be grounded in data collected in a fair and balanced format. A credible cross section of anecdotal evidence will support a useful set of recommendations. If the venues chosen by the Committee invite disproportionate testimony from vested interests, pro or con, the decisions they ultimately arrive at will be, in turn, unbalanced. Unfortunately, it appears as if this is what’s happening.

Representative Kenneth Allan Gottlieb, Committee Vice Chairman
VICE CHAIR - Representative
KENNETH ALLAN GOTTLIEB
The Select Committee has arranged a series of public hearings throughout the state to accumulate testimony relevant to Association governance. The first meeting was held in Miami-Dade County on September 24th with extremely short notice. The meeting was heavily attended by disgruntled unit owners complaining about “out of control” boards. The next meeting was conducted on October 28th in Bailey Hall/Broward Community College with only 7 days prior notice. Several building managers, condominium attorneys and Board members attended this meeting. When they attempted to voice support for well-administered Associations and point out that statutory controls for most of the complainants’ problems already existed, they were summarily shouted down. It’s beginning to appear as if the Committee is primarily interested in accumulating the foundation they would need to justify micro-managing Condominium Associations. If the Committee concludes that the best way to reign in “condo board abuses” is to disenfranchise condo owners, the effects will be disastrous.

Seal of the Florida House of Representatives If those few but loud disgruntled condo owners that have their “ear” become the primary source of information upon which they will ultimately act, the Select Committee could initiate legislation that would subordinate most or all Association decision-making to new bureaucratic layers of burdensome, questionable regulations. The increased costs related to belaboring activities such as negotiating contracts, enforcing condominium rules, filing liens or pursuing lawsuits would pass directly to the average owner’s maintenance bill. Should the Committee arrive at the conclusion that Condominiums are incapable of self-governance, they could reduce an elected board to little more than a rubber stamp.

It’s our responsibility to see to it that the “baby doesn’t get thrown out with the bathwater.” It is naive to imply that abuses don’t exist at every level of elected representative government. When representative Board members break the law they are performing criminal acts, and should be held accountable as prescribed by Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes (The Condominium Act). Abuses perpetrated by individual “rogue boards” or their members do not justify interfering with a condominium owner’s right to self-government.

These “trial by anecdote” public meetings are painting a dangerously one-sided representation of condominium governance. Below you’ll find a list of the members of the Select Committee on Condominium Association Governance along with their contact information. To send an email to any particular legislator, simply click on the member’s name. You might consider alerting them to the proposition that we are quite capable of governing ourselves. As elected representatives, they should realize that it is unfair to encumber a democratic institution because it carries with it a pitfall inherent in all democracies.

Select Committee on Condominium Association Governance Mailing Address:

Select Committee on Condominium Association Governance Members:

Click on the Representative’s NAME to send an E-mail. To get more information about any of the Committee members, go to their respective Web Pages.

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District 91 Candidates Forum

Seal of the Florida House of Representatives A Candidates Forum for the upcoming District 91 election will be held on Monday, November 24th, at 7:00 PM. The Forum, sponsored by the Galt Mile Community Association and the District One Alliance of Homeowner Associations, will take place at the Beach Community Center located at 3350 NE 33rd Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The District 91 Florida House seat was recently vacated by Representative Connie Mack Jr. to accommodate his intention to run for the United States House of Representatives. He intends to relocate to the district that his father represented until he was elected to the US Senate. The current field of candidates, seven at last count, is uniformly populated by Republicans.

From 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM, the candidates will navigate the lobby and the building entry, passing out literature and personally mingling with potential constituents. Following a half hour of political "glad-handing", GMCA Presidents Council Chairman Pio Ieraci will formally introduce the candidates to the assembly. The aspiring candidates will each have 4 minutes to impart a brief self-appraisal, unveil their intentions once in Tallahassee, explain their positions on relevant issues and justify why they deserve community support. The order in which they are presented will be random and a time keeper located in an aisle seat of the first row will warn the speakers one minute prior to the 4 minute deadline.

After the introductory campaign oratory, attendees will be afforded the opportunity to question any and/or all of the candidates about local matters, general concerns, held positions and/or the previously expounded commentary. The question and answer period will be facilitated by two microphone-wielding"Alliance" volunteers situated in the aisles to provide convenient access for the entire audience. All are welcome to attend and MEET THE CANDIDATES!

The Date: Monday, November 24th, 2003

The Time: 7:00 P.M.

The Place: The Beach Community Center
3351 NE 33rd Avenue in Fort Lauderdale

The Candidates and their contact data are as follows (alpha-sorted):

If the field remains homogeneously Republican, the election will be decided on the January 6th Primary date. Should a candidate from any other party surface, the General Election will be held on January 27th.


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Seal of the Florida House of Representatives District 91 Special Election Seal of the Florida House of Representatives
for the Florida Statehouse

Connie Mack IV's vacant seat in the Florida Statehouse will be occupied by the winner of a special January 6th election. The seven Republicans vying for the remainder of Mack’s term (through the end of 2004) will face off in District 91’s 77 participating precincts from Boca Raton to Port Everglades, roughly east of Interstate 95. The homogeneously Republican field obviated the need for the scheduled general election, as the winner of the Primary takes the $29,916 per annum Statehouse seat. All registered District 91 voters can participate in the January 6th election (despite their party affiliation). It is the only House district in Broward County that has a majority of Republican voters (53%). As both of Florida’s legislative houses are dominated by the GOP, a Republican legislator will have an easier time eliciting state dollars .

Voting for the Special Election will take place at your precinct’s polling location (take a look at your Voter Registration Card to determine your precinct) and the polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. See below to ascertain the polling location for your precinct:

  • Precinct 5R - The Beach Community Center at 3351 NE 33rd Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Precinct 6R - The Galt Ocean Mile County Library located at 3403 Galt Ocean Drive in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Precinct 15R - Fire Station #54 at 3200 NE 32nd Street in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Precinct 30Q - The Commission Room of Jarvis Hall at 4501 Ocean Drive in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (just north of Commercial Boulevard on the west side of A1A).
To find your precinct's polling location, surf to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections web site or Click Here to find your Precinct, Representatives and Polling Place.

The Candidates and their profiles are as follows (alpha-sorted):

Bogdanoff, Ellyn Setnor (Republican)
908 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 767-9850, Email: esbogle2@aol.com, Web Site: www.voteellyn.org
Date Filed: 10/13/2003

  • Political: Chairwoman of the Broward County Children’s Services Board; member of the East Broward Federated Women’s Republican club; former member, state Elections Commission, December 2000 to May 2001; member, board of directors for the state WAGES program, December 1998 to June 2000; member, Gov. Jeb Bush’s transition team from November 1998 to January 1999; board member, Children's Home Society, 1989 to 1999; member, district advisory council for the Broward County School District, 1994 to 1996 and 1997 to 1999; member, Homeless Initiative Partnership Advisory Board of Broward County, 2000 to present; member, Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Committee, 1997 to 2000; member, Human Rights Board of Broward County, 1997 to 2000.
  • Residence: Fort Lauderdale.
  • Personal: 44, married with 3 children.
  • Civic: Guardian ad litem, 17th Judicial Circuit; board member, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors; board member, JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options); advisory board member, Enterprise Ambassador Program of Nova Southeastern University, 1988 to 2000; foundation board member and former chairwoman, Habitat for Humanity of Broward County, 1997 and 1998; member, Broward Alliance, 1995 to 2001; charter member, Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Broward County, 1996 to 2001, board member, 1998 to 1999, chairwoman, 1999 to 2000
  • Professional: President and founder, Enterprising Business Strategies Inc., since 1997.
  • Education: Law degree, Nova Southeastern University (graduated with honors in May); bachelor’s degree in risk management, University of Florida (graduated with honors).

Cooper, Kenneth Donald (Republican)
625 Royal Plaza Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 527-5888
Date Filed: 10/10/2003

  • Political: Ran unsuccessfully for state House District 99 in 1998; ran against U.S. Rep. E. Clay Shaw, R-Fort Lauderdale, in 1996 and lost; ran against U.S. Rep Alcee Hastings, D-Fort Lauderdale, in 1992 and lost; member, City of Fort Lauderdale Budget Advisory Committee; member, Leadership of Hollywood 1976; speaker, Florida Blue Key Speakers Bureau; East Las Olas liaison to ex-Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Tim Smith and Commissioner Dean Trantalis.
  • Residence: Fort Lauderdale.
  • Personal: 50, married, one child.
  • Civic: Pro-bono attorney for St. Jude's Children's Hospital of the South Florida Chapter and South Florida Theater of the Deaf; attorney for children in the Guardian Ad Litem program; former mentor for underprivileged teens; chairman, Florida Bar Grievance Committee.
  • Professional: Fort Lauderdale trial attorney; former economics teacher at Broward Community College and the Sun Coast Chapter for the savings and loan industry; private pilot.
  • Education: Law degree, Nova Southeastern University; bachelor's degree in business administration, University of Florida; associate's degree, Broward Community College.

Lewis, Jim (Republican)
2215 SE 19th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 523-7949, Email: jlewisatty@aol.com
Date Filed: 10/10/2003

  • Education: Ran unsuccessfully for Broward County public defender in 1992; ran unsuccessfully for Fort Lauderdale mayor in 1993.
  • Residence: Fort Lauderdale.
  • Personal: 46, married with four children.
  • Civic: Guardian ad litem; coaches football and baseball for the Plantation Athletic League; youth motivator at Stranahan High School; pro bono legal provider.
  • Professional: Attorney, adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern Law School; assistant statewide prosecutor for the state Attorney General's Office, 1987-1992; Office of the Governor special prosecutor to the Florida statewide grand jury, 1985-1986; assistant state attorney, 1981-1985.
  • Education: Law degree, Stetson University; bachelor's degree in criminal justice and public administration, University of Central Florida.

McNeilage, Bruce William (Republican)
1900 Ocean Walk Lane #124
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33062
Phone: (954) 629-8244, Email: bmcneilage@aol.com, Web Site: www.brucemcneilage.com
Date Filed: 10/9/2003

  • Political: Chairman, Broward County Republican Party's finance committee; former member, Florida Prepaid College Plan board of directors (appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush); was a member of the finance teams for the campaigns of President Bush; Gov. Bush, state Sen. Jeff Atwater and state Rep. Connie Mack IV.
  • Residence: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
  • Personal: 37, engaged with one daughter.
  • Civic: Member, American Lung Association board of directors; chairman, 2003 Asthma Walk; past president, Ocean Walk Villas Homeowners Association; board member, Estate Planning Council of Broward County; board member, Broward County Consumer Protection Board; past member, Broward County Planned Giving Council; life and qualifying member, Million Dollar Round Table's Top of the Table; past board member, American Cancer Society; member, Florida State University Presidents Club.
  • Professional: Managing partner, Wealth Management Group of Florida; investment adviser representative, Linsco/Private Ledger.
  • Education: Bachelor's degree in economics, Florida State University; has licenses for insurance and securities; expects to qualify as a chartered financial consultant in January; graduate, Leadership Broward.

Morrall, Julie (Republican)
2600 NE 21st Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Phone: (954) 565-8965, Email: jmorrall@hotmail.com
Date Filed: 10/20/2003

  • Political: Legislative assistant to former state Sen. Jim Scott, 1987-1988; legislative aide to former state Sen. Curt Kiser, 1984-1986; staff member, Florida Commission on the Status of Women, 1983; intern, state House, 1984.
  • Residence: Fort Lauderdale.
  • Personal: 45, married with four children.
  • Civic: Brownie leader, Girl Scouts of Florida; member, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation "Let's Have a Ball" committee; volunteer, Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater-Outreach; vice president, Home and School Board, 1997-1999; classroom volunteer for St. Coleman's School; member, Junior League of Fort Lauderdale, 1992-1993; volunteer, HRS District 10, 1992; member, Atlantic Vocational Technical Center Advisory Committee, 1989.
  • Professional: Office manager for Mattew E. Morrall P.A.; former economic development director, Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce.
  • Education: Master's degree in public administration, Florida State University; bachelor's degree in marketing, University of South Florida.

Parker, Oliver (Republican)
4900 N Ocean Blvd #421
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308
Phone: (954) 772-6468, Email: splitapart@prodigy.net
Date Filed: 10/14/2003

  • Political: Broward state committeeman for the GOP; mayor of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea since 1998, vice mayor from 1994-1998; served on parking meters citizens committee and sign committee in 1993.
  • Residence: Lauderdale-by-the Sea.
  • Personal: 52, married with two stepchildren.
  • Civic: Member of the board of directors of the Broward League of Cities; co-chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Broward League of Cities; voting delegate to the Florida League of Cities; member of the Criminal Justice Policy Committee of the Florida League of Cities; member of the Leadership Broward Foundation, Class 20; director and past president of the Sea Ranch Club Condominium; former vice president of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Chamber of Commerce; secretary-treasurer of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Optimist Club; member of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Lions Club; member of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Kiwanis Club; member of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Property Owner's Association; member, the Florida Bar; member, Broward County Bar Association; member, Advisory Board to the Legal Aid Service of Broward County Inc.
  • Professional: Attorney (although he no longer has a private practice and devotes most of his time to his elected office).
  • Education: Law degree, University of Miami, 1976; bachelor's degree in philosophy, University of Miami, 1973.

Paul-Hus, Richard G. (Republican)
1010 Seminole Drive #503
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Phone: (954) 868-5167, (954) 978-8666
Email: rich@paul-hus.org, Web Site: www.paul-hus.org
Date Filed: 10/8/2003

  • Political: Subject matter expert, Governor's Information Technology Task Force; former member, Broward County Citizen's Involvement Round Table; special appointee, City of Miami Community Technology Advisory Board; member, Broward County finance committees for the 1998 Jeb Bush gubernatorial campaign and President Bush's 2000 campaign.
  • Residence: Fort Lauderdale.
  • Personal: 33, single.
  • Civic: Past chairman, InternetCoast Network Access Point Committee; Broward appointee to InternetCoast Board of Directors; past chairman, InternetCoast Infrastructure Committee; past chairman, Broward Days High-Tech Team (lobbied legislators on Broward's behalf as a Broward Days Delegate); past chairman, East Fort Lauderdale YMCA; member, Broward YMCA Metro Board; three-time Junior Achievement visiting economics instructor; member, Associated Builders and Contractors; member, Port Everglades Association.
  • Professional: Vice president of business development, Hypower Inc., an electrical contracting business that specializes in airfield lighting, intelligent transportation systems, telecommunications and wide-area security systems; owner and consultant of Navaid Services, a firm specializing in the installations of navigational aids for the Federal Aviation Administration; owner in BERS Group, a holding company.
  • Education: Currently seeking a master's degree in business administration, University of Miami; bachelor's degree in business administration, Stetson University.

This is an unusual situation. The voter turnout is expected to be extremely light. The absentee vote, usually around 10% of the voting totals, is expected to come in at around 30 - 40%. The large field of candidates will further dilute the vote. Under these conditions, a few votes can carry a substantial impact. We can make a difference! GET OUT AND VOTE! The Supervisor of Elections, Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, invites anyone with any questions or comments pertaining to voter registration or the elections process to contact the Department of Elections office at (954) 357-7050.


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