As Fort Lauderdale gears up to vote in the Jan. 16th primary elections, it’s important to know who will be on the ballot. So let’s jump right to it. Since Heather Moraitis, wife of a state representative, was the only candidate to file for her seat in District 1 ……she won. Moraitis is a mother, schoolteacher and wife of George Moraitis, a Republican state representative from Fort Lauderdale. She will be sworn in March 20th, replacing Bruce Roberts in representing northeast Fort Lauderdale. Moraitis said fixing the city’s hobbled water-sewer system is priority No. 1, but voters also talked to her about roads, sidewalks, building permit delays and transportation.
So what offices are up for election?
Three people will run for the job of mayor, as Mayor Jack Seiler steps down because of term limits. Three of the four city commissioner seats are contested.
Fort Lauderdale’s races are non-partisan. Residents vote by geographic district, and all vote in the mayor’s race. If any candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, he or she wins outright. If not, the top two vote-getters appear on the March 13 general election ballot.
Here’s the ballot lineup:
Two current and one former city commissioner are competing for the mayor’s seat:
– Bruce Roberts: A current commissioner and the city’s former police chief. Learn more at https://www.brucerobertsformayor2018.com
– Charlotte Rodstrom: A former city commissioner and longtime neighborhood activist. Learn more at https://charlotterodstrom.com
– Dean Trantalis: A current commissioner, longtime gay-rights activist and attorney. Learn more at https://electdeantrantalis.com
District 2 Click here to see the map.
Five candidates qualified to seek the seat Trantalis is vacating, representing part of the beach, and the center of the city:
– George W. Castrataro: An epidemiologist-turned-attorney. Learn more at http://gc4ftl.com
– Steven Glassman: A beach activist and historic preservationist. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Steve-Glassman-for-Fort-Lauderdale-City-Commission-District-2-1978577659021443
– Chadwick Lee Maxey: Real estate development financial consultant and military veteran. Learn more at https://chadmaxey.com
– Tim Smith: A former city commissioner and real estate investor. Learn more at http://timsmith.com
– Lester Zalewski: Owner of a property management company. Learn more at https://lesterz.com
District 3 Click here to see the map
An incumbent commissioner faces two community activists to represent northwest Fort Lauderdale:
– Donna Guthrie: A business analyst and homeowner association president. Learn more at https://electdonnaguthrie.com
– Marie Glendel Huntley: CEO of On Call Leadership, a youth mentoring nonprofit. Learn more at http://www.mariehuntley.com
– Robert McKinzie: Current city commissioner, president of Harper and Son Construction. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Robert-McKinzie-317542888330911
District 4 Click here to see the map
A pastor, a businessman and a doctor are seeking the seat Commissioner Romney Rogers is vacating, to represent south Fort Lauderdale.
– Walter B. Duke III – A recent Dania Beach city commissioner and mayor, and head of a real estate and business appraisal firm. Learn more at https://walterduke.com
– Benjamin Sorensen: A Presbyterian pastor, civic volunteer and owner of Optimum Associates leadership training firm. Learn more at http://benssorensen.com
– Dr. Warren Sturman: A cardiologist and civic association president. Learn more at http://warrensturman.com
For more information on the 2018 elections and deadlines to register to vote click here.