Daniel Sohn brought in a heavy hitter for his campaign fundraiser on Oct. 18 in Dania Beach.
Florida Senator Dwight Bullard (D-Cutler Bay) delivered a strong endorsement of Sohn, who is seeking a seat on the Dania Beach City Commission.
“If you’ve met Daniel, you love Daniel,” Bullard said. “And I’m all in for Daniel.”
Speaking at the Land Crab Lounge, Bullard, also the chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, said Sohn can make a difference in Dania Beach.
“If you don’t shake things up on occasion, you’ll find yourself antiquated and dusty,” Bullard said. “Every community needs an injection of new energy and Daniel is a walking B-12 shot.”
Sohn, a gay man, is campaigning for one of three commission seats up for election in November of 2016. The top voter getter in this citywide non-partisan election is named mayor of the first ever incorporated municipality in Broward County.
“Together we will create a new beginning for the first city of Broward,” Sohn told a room full of supporters gathered at the Land Crab Lounge.
One of those supporters, Deon Davis, is an outspoken advocate for safer schools. The author of “Beanie & The Bully,” a children’s book about bullying, Davis said Sohn is in the race for all the right reasons.
“Daniel has such great charisma and a heart of gold,” Davis said.
Educational, environmental and small business issues are central themes of his campaign, Sohn said.
Meanwhile, in Oakland Park, Republican-turned-Democrat Scott Herman has filed papers to campaign for the Oakland Park City Commission. Herman, a disabled combat Iraq War veteran, is seeking to fill an open seat created by the resignation of Shari McCartney. McCartney, a lesbian, participated in her last commission meeting, Oct. 21. She is reportedly moving her family to Fort Lauderdale.
A native of North Carolina, Herman campaigned for the Florida House of Representatives in 2012 and 2014, losing to Perry E. Thurston, Jr. and George Moraitis, respectively. As a Democrat in 2014, he garnered more than 40 percent of the vote despite low turnout in Broward County.
The Oakland Park race will be a special non-partisan election scheduled for March 15, 2016. Herman tells SFGN he is focused on veteran’s issues and establishing a citizen’s review commission with broad powers to monitor police activity. Herman is married to Cale Choi, an airline pilot.