Former Coral Springs Mayor, Scott Brook whose election in 2006 began to usher in an era of fiscal irresponsibility and political games at City Hall has publicly endorsed conservative Tom Powers for Mayor of Coral Springs and Laurette Homan for City Commission. Both candidates are facing strong opposition in the November election, and Homan has been taken under her wing by the city’s current leadership. Brook supported conservative Vincent Boccard in 2012 for Mayor. Coral Springs is one of the largest cities in the state where the majority of city officials are registered Republicans. This comes despite a hefty Democratic registration and performance advantage in the city.
Skip Campbell, the 2006 Democratic nominee for Attorney General and former State Senator representing most of the city (1996 to 2006) is Power’s opposition. Campbell, a well-connected trial attorney whose public record speaks for itself would bring breadth of seriousness and stature to a city whose government has rapidly turned into a joke.
Coral Springs is a big city with a lot of big city problems, but has recently been governed by a small cadre of reactionaries like Boccard and Powers during the past few years. The prospect of a prominent Mayor, with a statewide network of supporters and contacts like Campbell can help move the city forward once again. But the current commission which has governed the city like a personal fiefdom just a few weeks ago sought to begin a process to prevent the reopening of qualifying again in the future. This came just weeks after the commission pushed personal 60% raises.
For a city that was long lauded for good government and considered a model city for the state, things have certainly changed in Coral Springs. The reactionary leadership that Powers, Boccard and others represent have diminished the standing of the city. November’s election provide a unique opportunity for a major change, with three seats open on the commission.
In the interest of full disclosure I was a paid consultant on Brook’s 2006 Mayoral Campaign and have worked for Campbell on multiple races.