Stacy Ritter was elected to the Broward County Commission in November of 2006. The following year she was selected by the Board to serve as Vice-Mayor and in 2008 was chosen to serve a one-year term as Mayor.
Stacy brings unique perspective and experience to the Commission. In 1996, she was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, serving the residents of District 96. She served as a State Representative for eight years and left office in November 2004 due to mandated term limits. Broward County Commissioners are elected from nine single-member districts. Stacy serves as Commissioner for District 3.
Stacy was born in Washington D.C., and moved to Broward County in 1974. A graduate of Piper High School in Sunrise, Stacy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and her Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern College of Law.
Stacy serves on a number of national, state and local associations. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Resource Recovery Board, the Vice Chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council and the Chair of the Value Adjustment Board. She also serves on the Broward County Courthouse Task Force. Stacy is a member of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) and the National Association of Counties (NACO). During the 2008 presidential election, she was Chair of the Broward County Obama for America Campaign and served on the National Finance Committee for the campaign.
Stacy was a community activist for years with the National Council of Jewish Women and other organizations prior to her election to State office. In 2001, she was elected Chair of the Broward County Legislative Delegation by her colleagues. Stacy chaired Broward County’s Management and Efficiency Study Committee from June 2004 to June 2006, bringing another unique perspective to the Board of County Commissioners. As Mayor, Stacy was instrumental in getting the county to consider and move forward on a new county courthouse, by creating a task force to study all the issues with the structure. Construction of a new courthouse and her push for improvements at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, including the expansion of the south runway, Stacy says, promotes the economy and provides jobs for the county.
Although Stacy has been recognized for her service by numerous groups and organizations, she is most proud of being inducted to the Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame; Woman of the Year by the American Jewish Congress and a First Lady of Broward. Stacy was also named as one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Broward 2009 by Gold Coast Magazine and awarded as one of the 100 Outstanding Women by the Boys and Girls Club. In 2005, she co-chaired the Broward County Mayor’s Ball benefiting the Transplant House.
Stacy and her husband, Russ Klenet, live in Parkland. They have three children, Matt, Scott, and Stephanie. Stacy recently adopted two rescue dogs, both Cavalier Spaniels. “Cagney & Lacey” are sisters which compensates for her “empty nest.” Stacy also enjoys Broadway theatre, travel, Orange Theory Fitness and spending time posting on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for her friends and constituents.