CANDIDATES – 2016 GENERAL ELECTION ARCHIVED

 Candidate Questionnaires

Before you vote, look here for the completed questionnaires candidates have returned to us with questions and answers relating to the LGBT Community.  Most candidates listed on this page (except municipal and the special district candidates at the bottom) have been sent a Dolphin Democrats Candidate Questionnaire. In officially non-partisan elections, we have identified the party affiliation of each candidate unless their voter record has been redacted because they are a sitting judge, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer.  Judicial candidate questionnaires we have received are all posted. Missing questionnaires we have not had returned to us are noted next to the candidate’s name. In all municipal races, and races where there is only one Democrat (Broward County Property Appraiser, Broward County Commission. District 3), the questionnaires are not due until September 12.  We will not send questionnaires to candidates who are not Democrats.

President of the United States

Hillary Clinton (D), Donald Trump (R), Darrell L. Castle (CPF), Roque (Rocky) De La Fuente (REF), Gary Johnson (LPF), Jill Stein (G), Andrew D. Basiago (WRI), Richard Duncan (WRI), Cherunda Fox  (WRI), Zoltan Istvan Gyurko (WRI), Laurence J. Kotlikoff (WRI), Anthony “Tony” Joseph Valdivia (WRI)

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US Senate Candidates

Patrick Murphy (D), Marco Rubio (R), Basil E. Dalack  (NPA), Jon Friend (WRI), Robert Samuel Kaplan (WRI), Tony Khoury (NPA), Howard Knepper (WRI), Steven Machat (WRI), Bruce Nathan (NPA), Bradley Patrick (WRI), Paul Stanton (LIB), Charles Frederick Tolbert (WRI), Angela Marie Walls-Windhauser (WRI)

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US Congress Candidates

District 20: Alcee L. Hastings (D), Gary Stein (R)

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District 22: Ted Deutch (D), Andrea Leigh McGee (R)

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District  23: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), Joseph “Joe” Kaufman (R), Lyle Milstein (NPA)

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State Senate Candidates

District 34: Gary Farmer (D), Antoanet Iotova (R), Valerie E. Saffran (WRI)

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State House of Representatives Candidates

District 93: Ken Keechl (D), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats, George Moraitis (R)

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District 103: Yvette Petkovitch, D), 

Supreme Court Justices

Anyone who is not retained is where Rick Scott gets to make an appointment. Do you want to substitute a worse judge for someone is merely bad?

Fourth District Court of Appeals Justices

Anyone who is not retained is where Rick Scott gets to make an appointment. Do you want to substitute a worse judge for someone is merely bad?

Circuit Court Judicial Candidates 

A “*” following a name indicates they attended the Dolphin Democrats Circuit Court Judicial Forum. Party affiliation, where available (some of them who are sitting judges or prosecutors have their information redacted so criminals can’t look them up in the voter rolls), is indicated in parentheses.

Group 9: Andrea Gundersen* (D), Lea Krauss* (Redacted) (LGBT)

Group 15Barbara Duffy (I), Abbe Sheila Rifkin* (Redacted)

Clerk of the Circuit Court Candidates

Brenda D. Forman (D), Adam Robert Brass (WRI), Shandrell Latrice Roscoe(WRI)

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Sheriff Candidates

Scott J. Israel (D), Member of the Dolphin Democrats, Brian Keith Roesch (R), Fuad Kiuhan (WRI), Brian Keith Roesch (WRI)

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Supervisor of Elections Candidates

Brenda Snipes (D), Cecilia Cunningham (WRI), Jason Graham (WRI)

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County Commission Candidates

District 3: Michael Udine (D) (Pic), Raymark Alberto Clement (WRI), Randall Lee Cutter (R)

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District 5: Steven Anthony Geller (D), Chuck Lanza (WRI)

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County Court Judicial Candidates

A “*” following a name indicates they attended the Dolphin Democrats County Court Judicial Forum. Party affiliation, where available (some of them who are sitting judges or prosecutors have their information redacted so criminals can’t look them up in the voter rolls), is indicated in parentheses.

Group 3: Florence Taylor Barner*(Redacted) and Rhoda Sokoloff* (D)

Group 7: Nina Weatherly DiPietro*(Republican Rick Scott appointed incumbent-no questionnaire received , and Ian Richards (D)

Group 14: Kim Mollica (delayed by a client emergency from attending the forum)(Republican), Bradley Peterson*(Republican)

Municipal Candidates

Incumbents are indicated by a “*”

Cooper City, Commission, District 4: James “Jamie” Curran* (R), Amy Rosen (R)

Coral Springs, Commission, Seat 3: Larry Vignola* (R), Karen Jones (D)

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Dania Beach, Commission: Leberta “Chickie” Brandimarte* (D), Albert C. Jones* (D – Just changed from R in mid-July, 2016), Member of the Dolphin Democrts (since 8/25/16), Lori Lewellen (D, used to be NPA), Member of the Dolphin Democrats (since 8/25/16), Tamara James (D), Bill Harris (D), (Pic), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats

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Hallandale Beach, Commission, Seat 4: Michele Lazarow* (D), Alexander Lewy (D), Ann Henigson (D), (Pic)

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Hallandale Beach, Commission, Seat 3: William “Bill” Julian* (D), Anabelle Taub (NPA)

Hollywood, Mayor: Patricia Asseff (R), Joshua Levy (NPA), Orlando Raez (NPA), Eleanor Sobel (D)

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Hollywood, Commission, District 1: Debra A. Case (R), Victor P. Debianchi (D), Itzhack Feldman (D), Stacey North Kotzen (D), Luis Humberto Prada (D)

Hollywood, Commission, District 2: Timothy Burton (D), Peter D. Hernandez* (D), Maria Jackson (NPA)

Hollywood, Commission, District 4: Richard S. Blattner* (D), Barry Faske (D)

Hollywood, Commission, District 6: E. Jeffrey Ladner (NPA), Linda Sherwood* (D)

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Lauderdale Lakes, Mayor: Edwina Coleman (D), Hazelle P. Rogers (D)

Lauderdale Lakes, Commission, Seat 3: Veronica Phillips (D), Eileen Rathery* (D)

Lauderdale Lakes, Commission, Seat 4: Paul Martin (D), Sandra Davey (D), Larry G.  Striggles (D)

Lauderhill, Commission, Seat 1: Howard Matthew Berger* (D), Richard Clive Campbell (NPA), Berisford Edwards (R)

Lauderhill, Commission, Seat 2: Kenneth Raymond Thurston* (PIC)(D), Ferdinand Bristol (R)

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Lauderhill, Commission, Seat 3: M. Margaret Bates* (D), Mae Smith (D)

Margate, Commission, Seat 1: Anthony Caggiano (D), Millie Lester (D), Edward Decristofaro (D) (PIC), August Mangeny (D)

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Margate, Commission, Seat 2: Frank Messana (R), Todd E. Angier (D), Arlene Schwartz (D), Renata Castro (D), Member of the Dolphin Democrats

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North Lauderdale, Commission, District D: Samson Borgelin (D), David G. Hilton* (NPA), Anabelle M. Ziade (R)

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Oakland Park, Commission: Stephen R.  Arnst (R), Curletha D. Campbell (D), Eric Alexander Fowler (D), Sara Guevrekian* (D), Scott Herman (D), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats, Timothy Lonergan* (D), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats, John Michael Perez (NPA), Mitch Rosenwald (Signature) (Pic)(D), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats, Matthew Sparks (D), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats, Mitchell Stollberg-Appleyard (D), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats

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Parkland, Commission, District 2: Grace Solomon (D), John Willis (D)

Parkland, Commission, District 3: Kenneth Cutler (D), Geneva Love (D)

Parkland, Mayor: Christine Hunschovsky (D), Brian Rosaler (R)

Plantation, Council, Group 3: Ron Jacobs* (D), Michael Taussig (R)

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Plantation, Council, Group 4: Chris Zimmerman* (D), Mark Hyatt (R)

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Plantation, Council, Group 5: Robert Levy* (D), Jerry Fadgen (R)

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Pompano Beach, Commission, District 1: John Cavanaugh (NPA), Angela Hill (R), Dawne Richards, (NPA), Michael Sobel (D), Frederick Stacer (D)

Pompano Beach, Commission, District 2: Charlotte Burrie* (D), Tom Terwilliger (R)

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Pompano Beach, Commission, District 3: Rex Hardin* (D), Michael Skversky (NPA)

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Pompano Beach, Commission, District 4: Beverly Perkins (D), Edward Phillips* (D)

Pompano Beach, Commission, District 5: Daniel Diaz (R), Barry Moss* (D), LGBT

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Pompano Beach, Mayor: David Baumwald (R), Lamar Fisher* (D), Predrag Patrick Jovanov (R)

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Southwest Ranches, Councilmember, District 3: Freddy Fisikelli* (D), Barry Neunzig (NPA)

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Southwest Ranches, Councilmember, District 4: David S. Kuczenski (D), Denise M. Schroeder (R)

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Sunrise, Commission, Group A: Vivi Assidon (D), Steven J. Del Re (D), Mark A. Douglas (D)

Tamarac, Commission, District 1: Pamela Bushnell* (D), Marlon Bolton (D)

Tamarac, Commission, District 3: Terri Andretta (I), Melvin Leonard Dubin (D), Julie Fishman (D), James A.  Franko (R), Gerald Heller (D), Joseph Harry Scimeca (R)

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West Park, Mayor: Eric H. Jones* (D), Ronald C.  Bell (D)

West Park, Commission, Seat 4: Rita “Peaches” Mack*(D), Felicia Mychele Brunson (D), (PIC)

Weston, Commission, Seat 1: Margaret “Peggy” Brown (R), Hermes Garcia (D), Jonathan Lenett (NPA), Kevin F. Moot (R)

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Wilton Manors, Mayor: Boyd Corbin (D), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats, Gary Resnick* (D), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats

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Wilton Manors, Commission: Julie Carson* (D), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats, Celeste Ellich (R), Tom Green* (D), (Pic), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats, Paul Rolli (D), LGBT, Member of the Dolphin Democrats

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Broward County Special Districts 

What in the World is the Broward Soil and Water Conservation District?

District 3: Jelani Anthony Harvey, (PIC), (D), Rico Petrocelli, (R)

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District 5: Fred Segal, (D), Richard Denapoli, (R)

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Coral Bay Community Development District

Seat 1: Alan J Kapalka, (R), Tina Hagen, (D)

Griffin Lakes Community Development District 

Seat 4: Juan Carlos Solis, (NPA), Madeline T Di Como, (D)

South Broward Drainage District

Zone 6: Jack McCluskey, (D), Tom Good*, (D)

Turtle Run Community Development District

Seat 4: Eugene Skip Carney, (R), Steve Greenbaum, (R)

Walnut Creek Community Development District

Seat 5: Elina Levenson, (D), Mendel Schectman, (R), Patrick L Sabbatino, (R)

Amendments Schmamendments

The membership did not vote on recommendations for Amendments and other ballot initiatives at our September 14 meeting. The Campaign committee noted on their draft palm cad theses were campaign committee recommendations only. Some board members did not want anything on the palm card that did not get voted on by the membership. As of yet a meeting with a quorum of the board has not voted on this. so we are posting the recommendations of the Campaign committee here.

  • Amendment 1  – Solar – The Dolphin Democrats Campaign Committee recommends a No. Environmentalists say this is an FPL AstroTurf Amendment, a Trojan Horse that people think helps solar when it really makes it harder for homeowners to install solar on their property. The Dolphin Democrats Campaign Committee recommends No on 1
  • Amendment 2 – Medical Marijuana – The Dolphin Democrats Campaign Committee recommends a Yes.  It’s self explanatory – Helpful for  people living with AIDS and cancer sufferers among many other peoples illnesses including lack of appetite ;-), the Dolphin Democrats Campaign Committee recommends a Yes vote.
  • Amendment 3 – Put on by the legislature. The Dolphin Democrats Campaign Committee recommends a Yes
  • Amendment 5 – The Dolphin Democrats Campaign Committee recommends a No
  • Charter Review committee terms – The Dolphin Democrats Campaign Committee recommends a Yes.  Click (HERE) for the background info presented to the County Commission by the Charter Review Commission to put this item on the ballot.
  • Abolish the Management Efficiency Review Committee The Dolphin Democrats Campaign Committee has no recommendation.  Click (HERE) for the background info presented to the County Commission by the Charter Review Commission to put this item on the ballot.
  • 1/2 Penny Sales Tax – The Dolphin Democrats Campaign Committee recommends a No on both of them.
    1. There is no oversight established just like on the School Board $800 Million Bond issue two years ago that not a penny has been spent to fix a school yet but that was what it was all about.
    2. This is supposed to create more transportation infrastructure. However, if our elected officials at all levels from Local to State had done their jobs, developments would not have been approved without payments to improve infrastructure in the first place. The lack of initiative in biting the bullet because developers contribute to elected officials campaign is now making your taxes go up when it should have been handled with some proactive planning and creating strong infrastructure impact fees on all developments that add living units.  And there would not be a regular traffic jam at 10 AM every day at I-95 and Broward Boulevard. Can you repeat the phrase “Lexus Lanes?”
    3. Some local elected officials consider this their piggybank for places to get money to spend on pet projects.
    4. This is a huge public piggy bank for developers and construction companies to target so they don’t have to pay infrastructure impact fees, and can significantly improve their bottom line.
    5. Sales taxes cost the poorest of us more than they cost anyone else because every penny they have counts.  They have to pay sales tax to by laundry detergent, but purchases of over $25,000 are exempt from sales tax. If the very poorest have to pay sales tax on necessities like laundry detergent, people who can afford to drop more than $25,000 at a time should pay for their non-essentials.

Below is our official palm card for the November 8, 2016 General Election