A gay candidate has entered the race to represent district two on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission.
Steve Glassman, a retired arts administrator, has filed qualifying campaign documents with the city. Glassman spoke to SFGN via telephone last week about his campaign.
“I am running to make sure that policies and plans are put in place which only lead to positive change and create sustainable and improved quality of life,” said Glassman.
The district two seat is currently held by Dean J. Trantalis, who is campaigning for mayor. Glassman said he has lived in the district for 20 years and considers himself a close ally to Trantalis. District two, he said, contains some of the wealthiest and poorest neighborhoods in the city.
“It’s the city’s most diverse district,” Glassman said.
Glassman is one of five candidates currently campaigning for the seat.
“I’m an out and proud gay man and I hope to have an intelligent conversation about what it means to be LGBT in our city, but it is not the only important issue I’ll be campaigning on,” Glassman said.
District two contains the neighborhoods of Las Olas Blvd., Victoria Park, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Poinsettia Heights, Lake Ridge, Flagler Village, Middle River Terrace and South Middle River. The primary election is January 16. The winner must receive 50 percent or more of cast ballots to avoid a run-off and declare victory. Glassman is not the only gay candidate to seek the commission seat. Attorney George Castrataro is also in the race.