By: Sharon Aron Baron
The 2022 elections may only be a year away, but if you are even considering running for a seat on the Tamarac city commission, then you need to get your ducks in a row now because not only does it cost money, it takes time to knock on all those doors.
The City of Tamarac will have three seats on the November 2022 ballot, including one for mayor and two for city commission.
If you are a civic-minded resident who wants to make a change, then this is the job for you.
These are lucrative part-time jobs as well, so it would be a shame if any of these candidates ran unopposed. For instance, a commissioner in Tamarac makes $50,240, and the mayor makes $60,500 plus each gets a hefty $700 monthly car allowance, travel expenses, health and life insurance, and a host of other benefits.
Mayor Michelle Gomez has announced she is running again, according to the city website. Before she won the mayor’s seat in 2018, she was a city commissioner for District 2 from 2010 -2018.
She is president of Saunders, Curtis, Ginestra & Gore, P.A. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The American University, School of Public Affairs, Washington, D.C. a Master of Arts from The American University, School of Communication, and her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center.
Commissioner Mike Gelin has announced he will be running again in 2022, according to the city’s website.
He is the owner of Gelin Benefits Group, an insurance advisory, brokerage, and benefits consulting firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morris Brown College and is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist.
No word if Commissioner Debra Placko will be running again. This would be her last opportunity before she is termed out. Her district covers the Woodmont Country Club and the Sunflower-Heathgate area.
Run for Office
If you are interested in running for mayor, you can live anywhere in the city; however, you must live in either District two or four if you want to run for city commission. Next, you will need to find a campaign treasurer to open a campaign account. More importantly, you will need to contact the city clerk for filing instructions.
Residents deserve a choice in selecting their elected officials. When no one files and runs against the current commissioners, residents do not get that choice.
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