BY BUDDY NEVINS
Coconut Creek Commissioner Lisa Aronson is running for County Commission and a previously quiet race is sure to turn into a donnybrook as candidates vie for one of the most desired offices in Broward politics.
“Another individual had filed and people were being told I wasn’t going to run,” Aronson explained. “I decided to put the rumors to rest. I feel very confident that with my experience in government and education, I will win.”
Aronson will have to quit her Coconut Creek seat Florida’s Resign to Run law. She will have to resign by the date she would take office at the county commission, regardless of whether she wins or not.
Aronson’s entry into the race for the northeast Broward Commission District 2 will kick off a free-for-all for the open seat that is one of the best jobs for a Broward politician. Condo lawyer Mark Bogen is already in the race and he put $100,000 of his own money into his campaign so far.
County commissioner pays nearly $100,000 for a part time job. Commissioners hold roughly 30 full meetings a year and have additional workshops annually, too. Several of the existing commissioners hold lucrative second jobs.
Bogan’s apparent willing to spend a lot of money to win office could be a problem for Aronson, who has never been known as a big fundraiser.
The District 2 seat is now held by County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, who is leaving next year to run for a Florida House seat.
The interim director of the Broward Legislative Delegation until the end of the year, Aronson has a long career in government. She was executive director of two Broward County Charter Review Commissions, in 1994-95 and 2000-03. She was also a director of the Broward County Management and Efficiency Study Committee.
She also worked in the private sector as the director of government relations for Keiser University.
She first won her seat in May 2008 in a special election to fill a vacancy. She was re-elected in 2009 and earlier this year.