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Who to vote for in Dania Beach, Hallandale Beach commission races

Choose Duke, Jones and Hannover for Dania Beach City Commission

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board recommends voters choose incumbent Walter B. Duke, a well known returnee in Albert C. Jones and political newcomer Bruce Hannover in a contest that awards the top three vote getters seats on the new commission and the overall winner, the mayor's post.

Duke, 52, who has been on the commission since 2009, wants to nurture and promote the marine and tourism industries in the city of 30,000 residents. He also ants to streamline the permitting process for new business owners. He also wants to continue beautification projects in the city.

Jones, 66, is a former Dania Beach commissioner and mayor who's also held seats on the Broward County Commission, the Broward School Board, and the South Broward Hospital District. He wants to work toward redevelopment of the major commercial sectors, and wants to be sure residents most affected by airport runway expansion are treated fairly.

Hannover, 59, is a sound system designer and a member of the city's Airport Advisory Board. Neighborhood cleanliness and safety are among his priorities, along with improving the tax base in the city.

The other candidates are: C.K. "Mac" McElyea, 80, a six-time mayor in the city; Bill Harris, 56, who is on the city's Planning and Zone Board; Chickie Brandimarte, 75, a city activist; and Rae Sandler, 61, president of the Melaleuca Gardens Homeowners Association, McElyea, Brandimarte and Sandler were not interviewed by the Editorial Board.

Anthony Sanders and Michele Lazarow for Hallandale Beach City Commission

The race to fill two at-large two seats on Hallandale Beach City Commission is a little bit deceptive as it's the top three vote getters who will actually serve on the next commission thanks to the need to replace Commissioner Keith London who resigned to run for mayor.

Still, voters "technically" have only two seats to fill, and the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board recommends voters re-elect Anthony A. Sanders and elect Michele Lazarow. The two bring a mix of energy and experience and both are in the best position to help the city's western neighborhoods.

Sanders, a 52-year-old pastor, is the commission's lone black member. A four-year veteran on the dais, He's has been a staunch advocate for the city's predominantly black west side neighborhoods, and although his tenure has been marred by questionable business dealings with the city, Sanders' experience and knowledge of the city's needs give him the edge.

Lazarow, 45, has her own history that qualifies her for the commission. She is a longtime resident of the city and a former owner of a popular women's boutique. Her business experience and past dealings with the city should help her as a new commissioner incorporate more city business-friendly procedures, especially small businesses struggling in the city's west side.

The other candidates are: Gerald E. Dean, 58, a small business owner; Ann Pearl Henigson, 66, a former secretary; William "Bill" Julian, 59, a licensed thoroughbred racing steward and former city commissioner and Csaba G. Kulin, 73, a retired director of technology with the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.


Michele Lazarow

400 South Federal Highway
Hallandale Beach 33009

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