Rayson Stays With Davie Town Attorney Job

John Rayson


Davie doesn’t have to start looking for a new Town Attorney:  John Rayson is staying where he is.

“I’m very happy doing what I’m doing, Rayson says. “Its great work.

Another reason: The economics of the legal profession during this recession. 

Rayson’s got a solid job.  He never has to chase his client for his $185-an-hour.  A regular check from Davie is something a lawyer can treasure in these hard times.

He’s not going to leave this security for a chance to run for the state Legislature.

“They actually pay me for it, Rayson says. “During a recession when lots of firms are doing poorly, I’m doing alright.  I don’t think it would be wise to give that up.

Also, there is that clause in his Davie contract. It forbids him from running for office while working for the town. 

Renegotiating the contract is not a realistic option, especially since he only got the job on a 3-2 vote in Aug., 2007.

Rayson was approached by Democrats to run for one of the two open seats in Broward state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff’s beachfront House district or state Sen. Jeff Atwater’s northeast Broward and Palm Beach County district.

Rayson would have been the ideal Democratic candidate in the Republican-leaning districts a savvy campaigner who was a House member from 1990 to 2000 and mayor of Pompano Beach 2004-2007.  He lost a judicial race in 2006. 

3 Responses to “Rayson Stays With Davie Town Attorney Job”

  1. Floridan says:

    Rayson has been a good elected official in the past, but I don’t think he has the “fire in his belly” that it takes to win a competitive office.

    cf. Bob Butterworth

  2. Resident says:

    It is a wise person to know what they want in life, and a lucky one to get it.

  3. Democrat says:

    John was a good legislator and a good mayor.
    I agree with Floridan that he is not interested enough in elected office anymore to run all out.
    I also sympathize with him. Everybody needs to make a living and I’m sure Davie is better off with him as town attorney.