BY BUDDY NEVINS
The Broward County Police Benevolent Association endorsed four County Commission candidates today because of their “dedication to public safety and law enforcement, announced local president Jeff Marano.
Those endorsed include:
*Lisa Aronson in District 2. Aronson is a commissioner in Coconut Creek and the PBA represents officers in her city. Her two opponents – Charlotte Rodstrom and Mark Bogen – are not in office. All three candidates are Democrats.
*Barbara Sharief, the Democratic incumbent in District 8. Sharief is an ally of Sheriff Scott Israel, whose deputies are PBA members. Sharief’s opponent Alexandra Davis is a commissioner of Miramar, where officers are also represented by the PBA.
*Joe Gibbons, the Democratic state representative from Hallandale Beach, in District 6. His opponent Beam Furr was a Hollywood commissioner when the city sought to cut police pay and benefits.
*Ken Keechl, a former county commissioner, in District 4. His opponents – Democrat Ben Lap and incumbent Commissioner Chip LaMarca – are not viewed as supporters of the PBA.
The Broward County PBA represents parts of the sheriff’s office and many other cities in Broward, although not all.
Here is the news release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeff Marano
BROWARD COUNTY POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION ENDORSES FOUR CANDIDATES
Broward County, Fla. February 27, 2014 – The BCPBA formally endorsed 4 Broward County Candidates including Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, Coconut Creek Vice Mayor Lisa Kohner Aronson, and State Representative Joe Gibbons for the general election, along with Fort Lauderdale Attorney and former Commissioner Ken Keechl as the democratic candidate in the primary election for County Commission in District 4.
Citing a “long outstanding relationship with law enforcement,” BCPBA President Jeff Marano is asking voters to consider these candidates when they are in the voting booth. He added “Not everyone can agree with a candidate on all the issues, but one of the primary concerns when electing our officials is their dedication to public safety and law enforcement. If you don’t have a safe place to live in, other issues suddenly become unimportant.”
Mayor Barbara Sharief is running for County Commission in District 8, Vice Mayor Lisa Aronson is running for County Commission in District 2, Representative Joe Gibbons is running for County Commission in District 6, and former Commissioner Ken Keechl is running for County Commission in District 4.
The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is a non-profit organization providing labor relations assistance and collective bargaining services for its members. The PBA’s mission is to promote professionalism in law enforcement and to protect the rights and privileges of individual law enforcement officers and civilian employees, as well as to keep citizens informed of the challenges facing law enforcement today.