Fort Lauderdale voters returned Commissioner Dean J. Trantalis to office in District 2 with an overwhelming 80 percent of the vote. Trantalis, an attorney, thanked supporters Tuesday night during a victory celebration at the Warsaw Coffee Company.
“We’re building community here,” Trantalis said. “This is a victory for the future of Fort Lauderdale. We want all of our residents to be happy and enjoy a high quality of life. What we’re doing is building a consensus here and seeking out the best in our city.”
With 23 of 23 precincts reporting, Trantalis received 1,143 votes, easily defeating challenger David Tabb who collected 274 votes.
Mayor Jack Seiler was on hand at Tuesday night’s celebration party to congratulate Trantalis. Seiler said the Warsaw Coffee Company and other efforts along 13th Street are helping to revitalize a once depressed area of Fort Lauderdale.
“We’re hoping coffee does for this part of the city that craft beer did for downtown,” Seiler said.
Trantalis, first elected to the Commission in 2003, is a native of Connecticut who has practiced law for more than 25 years in Fort Lauderdale. The 61-year-old Trantalis is openly gay and a bachelor.