By Sharon Aron Baron
One candidate running in Tamarac’s November 2022 election has qualified by signatures; it was announced on Thursday.
Stuart Michelson, a former Sunrise City Attorney, received confirmation from the Supervisor of Elections office he qualified by getting the signatures of one percent of District 2 residents.
All candidates who run for office have to qualify for office in one of two ways; pay the required filing fee or collect the required number of signed petitions from registered voters. Michelson submitted the signatures to the Supervisor of Elections office on May 5. Although only 125 were required, he turned in 217.
“I thank my friends and neighbors who signed these petitions to place my name on the ballot and those who assisted me in obtaining the signatures of their friends and neighbors,” he told Tamarac Talk.
A former Sunrise City Attorney, and director of Save the Woodlands, Michelson announced he was running for office on April 12. The District 2 commission seat is now held by Mike Gelin, who is now running for Mayor.
Michelson said he is looking forward to serving the City of Tamarac as the commissioner for District 2 and hopes that he can help to return much-needed civility to commission meetings and workshops.
“I also will do whatever is possible to solve the problems with our overwhelmed roads and the severe traffic problems that plague our city,” he said, adding he is opposed to any new development that is not compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods that overburdens the city’s infrastructure.
As special counsel to several Broward County cities, including Parkland, Lauderhill, and Deerfield Beach, Michelson has been a Woodlands resident for 25 years. He is married to former Broward County Commissioner and Mayor Ilene Lieberman Michelson. Before taking county office, she was mayor of Lauderhill.
He is also a retired amateur boxer and a drumming enthusiast. They have raised 16 rescue cats and two dogs –one of which was a rescue.
Candidates who previously filed paperwork to run against Gelin for his commission seat are Tyneka Rene and Joseph Lanouette.
Michelle J. Gomez is up for reelection for the city’s top elected office, and Debra Placko has announced she will not be running in 2022. So far, David Mountford and Carol Mendelson have entered the race for District 4.
Michelson said, “Tamarac needs help, and I hope to provide some of that help in a dignified manner based on my years of experience in municipal government.”
The qualifying period for Tamarac commission candidates for the November election is from noon on Monday, June 13, through noon on Friday, June 17, at City Hall. Candidates who qualify by petition do not have to pay filing fees.
—-Kevin Deutch contributed to this story.
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- Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and Tamarac Talk, Coral Springs Talk, and Parkland Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2011 to provide News for the residents of Tamarac and is the #1 News Source for Residents.
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