BY BUDDY NEVINS
Sunrise Mayor Roger Wishner lost three major endorsements in his campaign to win a full term as mayor– the city and county fire fighters and the city police.
Challenger Mike Ryan announced he received the unanimous early endorsements from the City of Sunrise Firefighters, the Broward County Council of Professional Fire Fighters and the Sunrise Fraternal Order of Police.
It is highly unusual that an incumbent like Wishner loses both the fire fighters and the police union endorsement.
In addition, Wishner lost the support of the key Broward County Council, which represents all Professional Firefighters in Broward County.
Fire fighters, in particular, are valuble in a campaign. Their schedule allows them plenty of time to volunteer as campaign volunteers.
Ryan is a partner at the law firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & Mckee. That’s the firm of former state Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Coral Springs, which means that Ryan will have enough money to compete in this race.
Wishner’s campaign is already filled with money from lobbyists and those doing business with the city.
A father of two children ages 12 and 10, Ryan also is an education activist who is finishing his second term as PTA President for Sawgrass Elementary.
The Sunrise mayor’s election is August 24, the same day as the statewide primary.
Broward’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students have announced endorsements in the primary and general election.
The group is opposing two incumbents, both black.
They picked parent activist Laurie Rich Levinson over incumbent Phyllis Hope in School Board District 6. Levinson is the daughter of state Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston.
They endorsed Justin Flippen over incumbent Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed in Florida House District 92. Flippen is a Democratic activist, a Wilton Manors commissioner and was formally an aide to County Commissioner Stacy Ritter.
Here is the news release from the group:
Press Release- Broward LGBT Student-activist group announces endorsements
Today the Broward Council of Gay-Straight Alliances, an independently-run LGBT student group, has announced its’ list of endorsements for the 2010 election cycle. Representing student groups from 26 Broward High Schools, the Council advocates on behalf of LGBTQ students and teachers.
“In these challenging times for LGBT Equality, we are proud to stand beside our allies and work to ensure fair-minded, progressive candidates are elected to positions that can help ensure LGBT students receive a fair and adequate education, said Ryan Terrell, President of the Broward Council of Gay-Straight Alliances.
The Council can provide volunteers, tactical advice on issues, and other campaign services to its preferred candidates. They have already supported a couple of Broward campaigns this year.
Andrew Torres of Coral Springs, the incoming President of the Council, added that the Council usually makes endorsements only in races that it deems can have a direct impact on LGBT students and teachers.
“We’re looking forward to a fun and spirited campaign cycle, said Torres, who takes over at the end of the school year.
- Scott Galvin- U.S. Congress, District 17
- Justin Flippen- State Representative, District 92
- Ken Keechl, Broward County Commission, District 4
- Patti Good- Broward County School Board, District 2
- Dave Thomas- Broward County School Board, District 4
- Laurie Rich Levinson- Broward County School Board, District 6
- Jennifer Leonard Gottlieb-Broward County School Board, District 8- At Large