Fort Lauderdale civic activist Earl Rynerson, a popular gay businessman who is the proprietor of CLAD Tile on Northeast 4th Avenue has announced his candidacy for the city mayor’s race. He will oppose the incumbent, an attorney, Jack Seiler.
Rynerson has stayed active in city politics via his news blog, a "Vision for Fort Lauderdale,” which focuses on “what we can do to make our City better, more progressive and less costly in the future.”
His bold statements and forthright approach, by his own admission, has “ruffled the feathers of many of the ‘Old Guard’ here in the City who don't want to see any change or improvement.”
Rynerson’s initial campaign volley targeted economics, pointing out that the city’s budget has doubled “from $345 Million to $635 million in just the last 8 years… We have a spending addiction. Our Mayor, rather than reduce spending, continues to hand out pay raises to City employees, and has been raiding the City's savings account to cover the higher costs.”
A United States veteran who is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Rynerson volunteered for both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was in Middle East days after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Now a business owner here in Fort Lauderdale, Rynerson relocated to South Florida ten years ago from San Francisco, because of “the quality of life he saw here.” He previously ran unsuccessfully for the City Commission of Fort Lauderdale.