City Attorney Applicant Didn’t Disclose Representing Commissioner’s Wife in Lawsuit

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Marlon Bolton hugs Attorney Michael Garcia at an election victory party.

By Tom Lauder

Last month, Michael Garcia submitted a nearly 300 hundred page bid to be the next Tamarac City Attorney. He gave his resume, his references, and even his automobile insurance policy, but Garcia failed to tell the City Commission he recently represented the wife of Marlon Bolton. Broward County Court records show Michael Garcia filed a lawsuit on behalf of Carla Tyson-Bolton in July 2020.

In the lawsuit, Tyson-Bolton demanded the Shaker Village Condominium Association return her $1,400 security deposit. Commissioner Marlon Bolton is not a named party in the lawsuit. After exchanging documents and even mediation, Tyson-Bolton voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit on November 8, 2020.

Five days earlier, Michael Garcia hugged Marlon Bolton at an election watch party for North Lauderdale City Commissioner Regina Martin. REDBROWARD obtained a video showing Garcia and Bolton celebrating Martin’s victory at a ballroom owned by the wife of fellow North Lauderdale City Commissioner Samson Borgelin.

In March, REDBROWARD revealed ties between Michael Garcia and Anthony Bonamy, the operator of the Tamarac Post website. This website repeatedly shills for Tamarac Commissioners Bolton, Gelin, Elvin Villalobos as well as Dale Holness.

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State records show Garcia and Bonamy formed the Small Business Alliance PAC in January 2019. Bonamy was named treasurer. After receiving numerous “fail to file” campaign finance records warnings, Michael Garcia told the Division of Elections neither he nor Bonamy had the “time to properly maintain” the political committee. It is unclear if the committee raised or spent any funds before disbanding.

As of Monday afternoon, Michael Garcia is still listed as an attorney with the Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell law firm. Founded by former Broward Supervisor Of Elections attorney Burnadette Norris Weeks, Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell is another applicant for the City of Tamarac job. Norris Weeks is a longtime ally of County Commissioner Dale Holness.

Why did Michael Garcia fail to disclose his relationship with Marlon and Carla Tyson-Bolton to Tamarac officials?

Does Marlon Bolton believe the City of Tamarac is a personal playground he can populate with his friends, cronies, and boot lickers?

The City Attorney is not the personal attorney for the Mayor and City Commissioners.

Who represents the people of Tamarac when its leaders are left unchecked by city officials?

Originally reprinted with permission from RedBroward.com.

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