BY BUDDY NEVINS
It’s hard to catch crooks and keep Broward County safe.
Now Sheriff Al Lamberti is trying something that might even be tougher: Getting on the ballot by petition.
Lamberti is seeking 10,417 signatures to place him on the November 2012 ballot. The figure comes from the state Elections Division.
That’s 1 percent of the registered voters in the last general election.
After this piece was posted, Democratic candidate Scott Israel’s campaign manager Amy Rose told me he also was trying to get on the ballot by petition.
“With Scott’s vast network of friends, volunteers and supporters, we’ve been at it a couple of months already and are well on our way,” Rose said.
I don’t remember a countywide candidate ever getting on the ballot by gathering signatures rather than doing it the easy way – paying a qualifying fee of over $10,000.
Lamberti paid a fee of almost $10,200 in 2008.
There is value in this for the sheriff. It is a test run for the campaign and cements his relationship with at least 10,417 voters.
To see his petition, go here.