Six candidates are running for Coral Springs Commission Seat 2. Attorney Khurrum Wahid is the best choice.
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In the June 18 special election for Commission Seat 2, Coral Springs voters are fortunate to get to choose from a strong slate of candidates.
You may be wondering why the city is having another special election, given that it just held a March special election to fill the seat of Mayor Skip Campbell, who died in October.
Seat 2 became vacant after former commissioner Dan Daley opted to run for the state House seat that opened earlier this year when Rep. Jared Moskowitz resigned to become the state’s emergency management director. The timing of Daley’s resignation prevented voters from choosing his successor in March. And the commission decided against appointing a replacement to fill the seat until next year’s election.
In the running for Commission Seat 2 are Shawn Cerra, a former high school principal; Diane Gonzalez Simpson, a certified public accountant and real estate investor; Camille Wallace, a former Miami-Dade prosecutor who now works as a Broward County administrator; Melissa Martinez Cipriano, a stay-at-home mom and former engineer; Randal Cutter, a church pastor; and Khurrum Wahid, a criminal defense attorney who owns a two-office law firm.
At a joint candidate meeting with the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Cerra, 47, said his experience as the former principal of J.P. Taravella High School, one of Broward’s largest schools, makes him an ideal fit for commissioner. He said he worked closely with the city’s police and fire departments, the business community, and local government during his tenure at Taravella (2002-2016). If elected, he would seek to improve public and school safety, fix aging infrastructure and create a business-friendly environment.
Candidate for Commission Seat 2, Coral Springs, June 2019. (Handout)
Cerra has raised more than $28,000 for his campaign and has received the endorsements of former Coral Springs vice mayors Maureen Berk and Claudette Bruck, along with the Broward Teachers Union.
But Cerra did not make a confident and compelling case for why he is the best candidate to help steer a city of more than 133,000 residents with an operating budget that tops $200 million. He acknowledged knowing little about the city budget, which means his learning curve would be steep.
2018 general election candidates who submitted heads shots to the Sun Sentinel. – Original Credit: – Original Source: (Courtesy)
Gonzalez Simpson, 56, is making a second run at the same commission seat she lost by 18 points to Daley last November. She again is calling for fiscal responsibility, along with improving public safety and fostering a better business climate. A certified public accountant, she promises to review the budget line by line and find ways to save money without cutting essential city services.