Update: Coconut Creek Commish Running For County Commission





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.



Lisa Aronson

“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.


18 Responses to “Update: Coconut Creek Commish Running For County Commission”

  1. Real Deal says:

    Too late, kid. You missed your bus.

    So much of politics is timing.

  2. The Critic says:

    How interesting. Now that she’s running in a Democratic primary, perhaps she’ll reconsider her support of a Republican for her own soon to be open seat.

  3. Alice in Wonderland says:


    Common Man or Woman

    Lawyers need not apply

    No Tipping allowed

  4. Le Peerman says:

    I have always felt that the progression in government should be local then county then state then federal. Just makes sense to me. Red flags go up for me when someone puts $100,000 of their own money in a campaign for a number of reasons. First there is no connection between that person and someone like me who lives paycheck to paycheck and has to loan their own campaign $100 every two weeks because that is all I can afford. Second, most people if they had $100,000 would probably use it for family not an election. At least the real people I know. Third most people are not impressed when someone pays to get a job, example Rick Scott, Abby Freeman. Lisa will make a good county commissioner because she came from the local level and understands local issues. She has been involved in government for a long time which means she is continuing to learn and grow. she will work her butt off campaigning and getting to know the people she will represent. And I am pretty sure I can take her if need be(always a good thing in my mind)that’s a joke but knowing and having a relationship with a county commissioner can only help Margate in my opinion.

  5. Creeker says:

    Awesome!! Commissioner Aronson will do an excellent job representing all of North Broward residents. We don’t need a condo lawyer representing us! Let me guess, he probably doesn’t live in Broward, he will rent a condo in Wynmoor, so he can run and will be supported by Belvedeere the lame commissioner from Wynmoor.

  6. Notocorruption says:

    Someone else, please. Thank you.

  7. Just saying says:

    wasn’t the entire thing keeping her from getting into the race that she couldn’t do it as long as she was working for the delegation? I guess once she saw some competition, the rules went out the window. with that mentality, she should fit right in at the county.

  8. Le Peerman says:

    Just saying
    No there was not any rules or requirement in regards to her working for the delegation. she could have filed at any time. I believe she was
    taking time to decide if it was the right thing to do for both her and the district she wants to represent.

  9. Richard J Kaplan says:

    I’ve known Lisa for several years and she would be an awesome County Commissioner.

  10. enough already says:

    You’re right Le, she has been involved in local government for a long time. I think we call that a career bureaucrat.

    And I would think the red flags should go up when a person gets elected and they’re already bought and paid for by lobbyists and special interests. But forgive me, I didn’t realize you had written the rules on running for local office.

  11. City Activist robert Walsh says:

    Well @ least Pompano Beach mayor lamar fisher is not running. Here is a mayor(boy did I get spoiled w/ you Mayor Seiler) who owns property where I have a commercial lease next door. So he decides to turn his side lawn into a parking lot(yes). Tells me my landlord didn’t pull a permit for this and that, but yet Fisher here decides to turn the lawn into a parking lot like this is the Swamp -Shop(its not). I told him listen buddy I don’t care who you are, reported him and he is going before the zoning board on Dec19. You try it my fellow business owners on Federal(talk about a hipocrate). Again @ least its not Lamar Fisher(idiot). Good luck to this candidate.

  12. Le Peerman says:

    enough already
    So where do you think a county commissioner should come from? Someone who has never dealt with county or any other type of government? In my opinion a career bureaucrat is someone who stays in the same place for as long as humanely possible, never moving up or forward. If I was writing the rules for running for local office I would put in there that people who make bullshit statements like “bought and paid for by lobbyists and special interests” have to prove it otherwise it becomes an old cliche that most the time isn’t true. But I don’t so people can throw out lines like that and never have to prove it and it is up to us the ones who aren’t bought and paid for to regain the trust that a lie has created lack of. I don’t know if Lisa is bought and paid for but by all means if you do prove it.

  13. Dear robert says:

    I love your unique brand of honesty in the governmental process. I think from time to time you should do your own naughty and nice list of elected officials so those of us who respect your views know whose back you have and do not.

  14. Ghost of McLovin says:

    Dear City Moron Robert Walsh: You are a dolt. Try spellcheck and have someone proof your idiotic posts for grammar and syntax before you press “submit comment.”

  15. Joe Creek says:

    What would an attorney, successful enough that he has $100,000.00 of his own money lying around to throw away on a campaign, want with a public service position? What is so valuable to him that he is going to give up his nights to help improve the lives of Broward residents? How many kind, giving, selfless, attorneys do you know that do not have a personal agenda?

    The Lisa that I know is no bureaucrat. She is a kind, giving public servant that dedicates her time to better her community because she knows that there is no one who will work harder at it then her. Lisa will take her loyalty and dedication from our local city to a county level to be a positive impact in more lives. County needs dedicated, locally involved individuals like Lisa. Selfless individuals who are passionate about helping their neighbors. Not a lawyer that obviously must have ulterior motives to take a job that must be a pay cut.

  16. creeker says:

    I want Mark Bogen to prove that he lives in Broward County not Palm Beach County. Come clean and prove it, a tax bill would suffice. Enough of politicians not living or paying taxes in the area they serve. I am fed up!! A condo lawyer “really”.

  17. City Activist robert Walsh says:

    #13 little secret I have the backs of others that have been extremely good to me. Unlike most, Robert Walsh doesn’t forget who his “real” friends are. Those on my shit list know that I know what they are up to, and they are very concerned about this. Remember #13 a fisherman can always spot another fisherman from afar(huh Sammie Trafacante). Also Mayor Lamar Fisher came to see today. The art of compromise. He will file his petion before the Zoning Appeals Bd(Dec19). He will ask for a one year extension(his words) and he will not utilize the lawn for a parking lot until he has paved the lawn, added landscape etc. In the interm again no one uses that lot for parking. Fair enough. Also I am sorry I hurt your feelings and you do what you gotta do and see ya around…

  18. Your Pal Al Lameberti says:

    Why do some user names hyperlink back to the home page here?


    I have no idea. Maybe they like Browardbeat.com.