BY BUDDY NEVINS
Former Hollywood Commissioner Beam Furr has snared two big, very early endorsements in his 2014 race for county commission.
County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger and Unite Here, a union, have endorsed Furr.
Sue Gunzburger (left), Beam Furr and a voter during Gunzburger’s 2010 campaign.
Gunzburger’s endorsement is expected to carry some weight in Commission District 6, which Furr hopes to inherit.
She has represented much of the district, which stretches from Hallandale Beach and Hollywood west to Pembroke Pines, for two decades. Before that was a Hollywood commissioner.
Gunzburger must leave office next year because of term limits.
“I think he will do a great job as a County Commissioner. We share many of the same values and vision for the county. Furthermore, he will end his career in the school system and become a full time county commissioner, as I am when he wins the seat,” Gunzburger told Browardbeat.com
“Her endorsement means a lot,” Furr said. “The people who have watched her in action the last 20 years have seen the values she stands for. I believe we share them.”
He cited safeguarding the environment and childrens’ issue as two they agree upon.
Another early endorsement showered on Furr was Unite Here, the union representing hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, and airport industries.
It is interesting to note that Unite Here gave Gunzburger her first big early endorsement in her hard-fought 2010 re-election against former State Sen. Steve Geller.
The union is known for putting volunteers into races of candidates it backs.
“I’ve worked closely with Unite Here,” Furr said. “When we had development projects in Hollywood, I was out front about the workers being able to earn a living wage. Unite Here heard me.”
State Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach, also is running for the seat. Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper is another possible candidate.
District 6 is heavily Democrat so the real contest is the party primary. A previous story on the race is here.
Furr, 57, is a librarian at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines and was formally a classroom teacher. He was elected to the Hollywood commission in March 2000 and chose not to run for re-election in 2012.