BY BUDDY NEVINS
I can hear the rumblings in Plantation City Hall from miles away.
In the election results that will perhaps have the biggest effect Tuesday, a veteran making a comeback, Jerry Fadgen, and newcomer Chris Zimmerman won seats in Plantation on a vow to revolutionize the way city hall does business.
Their victory spells trouble for Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic, since both winners ran on platforms attacking the current city government.
Fadgen and Zimmerman join incumbent Commissioner Lynn Stoner as votes against the mayor.
“The mayor is going to have lots of trouble from now on. She will have her veto pen out all the time,” said one longtime observer of Plantation politics who asked not to be named.
The victory also spells trouble for police and other city employees, who will take the brunt of any budget cutting.
Fadgen, a former commissioner and longtime Republican stalwart, defeated Jeff Holness, cousin of County Commissioner Dale Holness who was backed by the Democratic Party machine. Fadgen attacked the huge 22 percent tax increase in Plantation this year.
Zimmerman eased out incumbent Pete Tingom, former Plantation High principal. Zimmerman’s last mail piece summed the reason for his victory: “In the last four years, while under my opponent’s watch, we have seen our property taxes raised nearly 40 percent. Last year’s increase was a staggering 22 percent.”
Despite the anti-City Hall feelings, incumbent Bob Levy won easily because opponent Darren Badore for some reason failed to successfully tie him to the tax increases.