BY BUDDY NEVINS
Coconut Creek Commissioner Lisa Aronson’s County Commission campaign finally caught fire in February.
Aronson easily outraised her opponents in the race to replace term limited Commissioner Kristin Jacobs. Aronson had lagged in campaign cash, which was surprising for an incumbent city commissioner.
Seventy one contributors gave her $16,249 in money, in-kind goods and services last month. Combined with money she had already raised, Aronson now has a little more than $25,000 in the bank.
She got a boost from contributors like lobbyist Judy Stern, who gave $500. The back-story to this contribution is one of revenge.
Lobbyist Stern bitterly broke with another candidate in the race, Charlotte Rodstrom. She has been working against her former best friend Rodstom since 2012.
The dispute involved whether Rodstom should make an earlier run for the county commission. Rodstrom ran (and eventually lost) against Stern’s wishes and the lobbyist never forgave her.
Other Aronson contributors include waste recycling entrepreneur Ron Bergeron, who bundled at least $3,000; fire fighters and police employee groups that gave her $2,000 along with their endorsement; an airport concession business Right Consulting LLC that was good for $500 and Hollywood Commissioner Patti Asseff and lobbyist George Platt, who kicked in $100 apiece.
Aaronson’s opponents for North Broward’s District 2 include:
* Rodstrom, a former Fort Lauderdale commissioner making a second try for county commission, who raised $13,850 in February. She now has more than $27,000 in her campaign.
In February, Rodstrom received $1,000 from powerbroker/lawyer Bill Scherer and wife, Anne Scherer; $1,500 from real estate kingpin Austin Forman, wife Christine Forman, business partner Bill Murphy and Forman associate Jack Loos; $250 from Vicki McDonald, wife of engineering company owner Tom McDonald; $500 from LSN Partners, which is where lobbyist George Platt works (He is apparently playing both sides of the fence) and $500 from Stiles Construction, a major Broward builder.
* Mark Bogen, a lawyer, collected no contributions during February. Bogen did report loaning his campaign another $5,000. He now says he has roughly $140,828 in the bank, with $115,000 from his own pocket.
There is a rumor sweeping the Government Center that a fourth Democratic candidate — the district is heavily Democratic — will enter the race shortly. Speculation is that the candidate is black and thus has the potential of winning with a bloc vote in the primary from that community.