Candidate’s Mailer Misleads Voters

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By: Sharon Aron Baron

Mayor Harry Dressler is asking for residents to re-elect him for mayor on his recent campaign mailers, potentially misleading them into believing that he was elected into office. As you may remember, Dressler was appointed after Beth Talabisco was re-suspended by the Governor.

Just last week I reported that he stole our images to promote himself without asking permission from us in the brochure pictured above.

According to the 2014 Florida Statutes for Electors and Elections item number 106.143 (6) :

“No political advertisement of a candidate who is not an incumbent of the office for which the candidate is running shall use the word “re-elect.” Additionally, such advertisement must include the word “for” between the candidate’s name and the office for which the candidate is running, in order that incumbency is not implied. This subsection does not apply to bumper stickers or items designed to be worn by a person.”

According to Attorney Ashley Davis with the Florida Division of Elections, Dressler is not in violation by using the word “re-elect.”  In an opinion authorized by the division, an incumbent may use the term re-elect event though they were not officially elected.

Using this term, even if it’s not a violation, is still misleading to the residents of Tamarac.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • Mr. Ricky

    After reading this … I believe that Mr. Dressler should not have used the words, “Re-Elect” … as he was not Elected in the first place. It was a very poor decision on his part, and I believe the intention was to deceive our Citizens.

  • Donna J Sucher

    I am sorry but why do you persist in negative comments even after you have been told DRESSLER did nothing wrong. You are not doing the community service when you report with knowledge you evidently don’t have.