24 year-old Coral Springs City Commissioner Dan Daley switched his voter registration from Republican to Democrat in April, completing the turnaround of a City Commission that was 4-1 Republican last October to 4-1 Democratic. The young, clever and ambitious Daley has made a calculated decision after aligning with Tea Party Republicans to pursue higher office as a Democrat. Daley’s political savvy has impressed many around the city, as has his willingness to shift alliances on the fly.
Possibilities for Daley include House District 97 when Rep. Jared Moskowitz moves on (in either 2018 or 2020), The County Commission or even a quixotic run for State Senate in District 29.
Daley is popular in Coral Springs having defeated Dr. Mark Gendal, a favorite of local Democratic insiders in 2012 and then escaped opposition in the competitive 2014 city elections, thus winning a four year term.
Daley will be termed in 2020 and will likely have a State House or County Commission seat to pursue at that time. Former Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook is said to be interested in running for office again and could come up against Daley in a primary. Daley seems a better bet to win a Democratic Primary than Brook despite his recent party switch for various reasons.
First off, Brook has made many enemies around Coral Springs, and Daley appears to be politically savvy and willing to make the right alliances necessary for political success. Secondly, as a young officeholder Daley is likely to attract new fans and having shifted to the Democratic Party early enough in his career,
Daley’s votes on the Coral Springs Commission and his political ambitions bear close watching.