There are going to be plenty of new faces on the Fort Lauderdale City Commission come November.

Three spots are up for grabs during the upcoming general election. Back in April, Commissioner Heather Moraitis announced that she would be resigning from her post in November; while she was not specific about her next steps, she did say that she wanted to return her primary focus to education.

Vice Mayor Ben Sorenson’s term will be ending, as he made an unsuccessful run for Florida Congress in August. During the same midterm election, Commissioner Robert McKinzie won a spot on the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, beating out Bobby DuBose and Aude M.L. Sicard.

Fort Lauderdale residents have quite a few candidates to choose from to fill the three vacant seats on the dais — 15 to be exact.

District 1

Christina Disbrow

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She describes herself as a mom, firefighter's wife, small business owner, and community servant. She says that the commission needs diversity, and that she can be a voice for women and families with children. Disbrow is the owner of All Write, All Write, All Write, a development firm that helps small to medium nonprofits grow. Her previous experience includes serving on the Fort Lauderdale Community Services Board as chair and vice chair, as an aide in the Florida State legislature, and working for and serving on the boards of various nonprofits. She won the Rising Star Award from the Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016 and earned her Master’s in nonprofit management from Florida Atlantic University. christinadisbrow.com.

John Charles Herbst

John Herbst

A Marine veteran, Herbst served as the city’s auditor for 16 years until he was fired in February. He cites his experience as an auditor as well as almost four decades of experience in corporate and public sector finance and accounting as what sets him apart to serve on the commission. He previously served as the finance director for the cities of Jacksonville and Neptune Beach. Herbst is an active member of the community, having served on committees or boards for the Broward Performing Arts Center, Broward County School Board, Broward County Housing Authority, Community Foundation of Broward County, Florida Government Finance Officers Association, Broward Housing Partnership, and CareerSource Broward. He has a Bachelor’s in business administration from City University of New York and an MBA from the University of North Florida. johnherbstftl.com.

Ken Keechl

Ken Keechl

Keechl is a familiar face in Broward County. He served on the Broward County Commission from 2006 to 2010 and served as mayor from 2009 to 2010. Previously, he worked as the assistant city attorney for the City of Plantation from 1992 to 2006, when he was an associate and partner at Brinkley Morgan and then a partner at Kopelowitz Ostrow. In his private practice, Keechl Law, he handles cases involving LGBT people and discrimination. He served as the president of the Dolphin Democrats as well as the SunServe board of directors. Keechl has lived in the City of Fort Lauderdale since 1987, after he graduated from Florida State University. He and his husband, Ted Adcock, have been married since 2011. Facebook.com/KenForFTL.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Williams graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in public relations and a minor in business administration. He and his wife bought their first home in Coral Ridge, where he grew up. He worked in his family’s military-certified manufacturing business, where he eventually took over as the national sales manager. In 2005, he switched to real estate. Williams coaches youth sports at Holiday Park, and serves as the president of the Coral Ridge Homeowners Association. He was appointed to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Budget Advisory Board. He is a graduate of Leadership Fort Lauderdale Class 1 and the City’s Neighbor Leadership Academy Class IV. friendsofchriswilliams.com.

District 3

Pamela S. Beasley-Pittman

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Beasley-Pittman was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale who married her childhood sweetheart and has three adult children. She attended Bauder College, Broward College and Midwest Theological University. After 32 years, she retired from the Broward Sheriff’s Office as an extradition specialist. She currently serves as the president of the Historic Dorsey Riverbend Association, the founder and CEO of the Unified Central Broward Neighborhoods Alliance, and is the associate minister at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Beasley-Pittman is an active member of the church’s board, as well as the city’s Cemetery Systems, Chief’s Community Focus Group, Invest Fort Lauderdale, the Y La Lee/Mizell Family Community Center, and Trailblazers of Broward County. pambeasleypittman.com.

Yvette DuBose

Yvette Dubose

DuBose describes herself as an advocate for children and families, with much of her professional career spent as the executive director of the Heart Gallery of Broward, a nonprofit that advocates for the adoption of children in the county. The mother of two serves as the legislative chair of the Fort Lauderdale chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter of Jack & Jill of America. She works as a business consultant and is an active member of her church. yvettedubose.com.

Donna Guthrie

Donna Guthrie

Guthrie has called Fort Lauderdale home for 25 years, serving and volunteering with a myriad of organization, including president of Melrose Park Homeowners Association, Broward County Community Action Agency Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale Parks, Recreation and Beaches Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale Sustainability Advisory Board, and a domestic violence safe house volunteer. She received the Unsung Shero Award from the Broward County Commission in 2014. donnaguthrie.com.

Dr. Nadine Hankerson

Nadine Hankerson

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Hankerson is an economist with a Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University. For a decade, she has worked in economic development in West Africa. She has been an active member of the Fort Lauderdale community since childhood, starting with being a lifeguard for Parks and Recreation at age 13. Since then, she has been a member of the City of Fort Lauderdale Budget and Finance Committee, the Fireman’s Board, and a lifelong member of New Mount Olive Baptist Church. In 2017 Hankerson was appointed president of the Pride of Fort Lauderdale Lodge 652 to help rectify ongoing issues with the organization.

District 4

Kevin Cochrane

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A graduate of Stanford University, Cochrane launched Interwoven, a company that helped organizations build their first websites. He also worked in marketing at another software company, eventually creating the Adobe Marketing Cloud. His priorities are water and infrastructure, and he led the charge to stop a micro-housing project by AHF. Cochrane is an avid runner and in 2018, ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. kevincochraneftl.com.

Ted Anthony Inserra

Ted Inserra

Inserra was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale and is known for his career as a top chef in some of the best eateries in South Florida, including for Chefs Michelle Bernstein, Mark Millitello, Oliver Saucy and Johnny Cinczencz. Semi-retired, he cooks part-time at OB House. He says that although he is not an experienced politician, he’s a fast learner who can tell the difference between what is right for the community and what is wrong for the community. Rather than hosting campaign fundraisers, he has held fundraisers for local groups, including the Humane Society of Broward County and his alma mater, Croissant Park Elementary School. facebook.com/groups/594607295592556.

Mike Lambrechts

Mike Lambrechts

Lambrechts was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. A financial advisor, he is a member of the TAG Advisors Investment Committee. The Florida State University graduate is an environmental advocate, serving as the president of the Coastal Conservation Association of Broward County and vice president and member of the executive committee of the Coastal Conservation Association Florida. He also founded Clean Waterways. He serves on the Broward County Housing Authority Audit Committee and previously served on the City of Fort Lauderdale Board of Adjustment. mikelambrechts.com.

Kitty McGowan

Kitty McGowan

McGowan has lived in Fort Lauderdale for more than 50 years and founded Nauticom Communications in 1999. With the quick growth of Fort Lauderdale, she wants to protect “our environment, lifestyle and safety.” She has served on the boards of or is a member of the Fort Lauderdale Marine Advisory Board, the board of directors for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, Broward County Convention & Visitors Bureau, National Marine Trades Council, American Society of Association Executives, Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club Downtown, and Broward Days. vote4kitty.com.

Edward Thomas Rebholz

Ed Rebholz

Rebholz moved to Fort Lauderdale as a child in the ‘60s; he graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in accounting. He moved to New Jersey and served as a city councilmember in Madison and in his career with Anheuser Busch, he oversaw a $1 billion budget. He returned to Fort Lauderdale to work in IT selling his company to Cisco. He now is the chairman of the medical cannabis company Temescal Wellness. Rebholz is the president of the Catholic Educators Endowment and the president of the St. Sebastian’s Men’s Club. He has served on the boards of nonprofits Junior Achievement, March of Dimes and the American Red Cross. He has also been involved with the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport advisory board, Rotary Club, the Broward County Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, Breakwater Towers, Harbor Inlet Homeowners Association, and Lauderdale Harbors Homeowners Association. edrebholz.com.

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Scott

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Scott has lived in Fort Lauderdale for more than 50 years. She founded the Colee Hammock Homeowners Association in 1984 and serves as the group’s president. She was the chair of the Fort Lauderdale Planning & Zoning Board, vice chair of the Noise Committee, and a member of the Infrastructure Task Force Committee. In her campaign, she focused on public safety, preserving waterways, stormwater and sewage infrastructure, and protecting the character of Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods. Scott has also been involved with the Fort Lauderdale Hospital Board, the Public Theatre of South Florida, Broward County Homeless Assistance Center, Board of Realtors, Sierra Club and Riverwalk Trustees. jackiescottfll.com.

Dr. Warren Sturman

Warren Sturman

Raised in Broward County, Sturman earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and then his MD from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He has practiced medicine since 1991 and works at the Broward General Medical Center. His four children attended school in Fort Lauderdale, and he volunteered for the PTA, Boy Scouts, soccer and a physician volunteer. Sturman has been president of the Rio Vista Civic Association for 14 years, and he founded the Fort Lauderdale Community Emergency Response Team. He has also served on the 17th Street Traffic Mobility Advisory and Broward County Medical Reserve Corps. warrensturman.com.


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