Broward County is home to an extremely diverse community. The Broward County Commission reflects that diversity thanks to you, the voters. Just how diverse is your County Commission?
Right now on the Commission, we have six women and three men. We have an African-American woman and a Caribbean-American man. We have elected officials from both parties and various faiths. This board has a history of being diverse, too.
We’ve had a Cuban American who came here to escape from the communist island, become a citizen and serve on this commission. She also became our very first mayor.
The first woman was elected to this board in 1974.
The first African-American, who also happened to be a woman, was elected to the County Commission in 1986.
Our first openly gay elected official came to this board in 2006 and also served as our Mayor, making him the highest-ranking openly gay Mayor in the entire country.
Male and female; black, white and Hispanic; Democrat and Republican; Jew and Gentile; gay and straight. You look at the Broward County Commission and it IS Broward County. Every person who chooses to register to vote has a vote and a voice in Broward County thanks to our very diverse Commission.
The County Commission recently passed a new district map; districts that in my opinion very fairly represent all communities the best way possible. These newly drawn districts will keep the diversity alive on the Broward County Commission long into the next ten years before we are required to redraw them again.