Some restructuring took place recently in Oakland Park.
On Nov. 18, Tim Lonergan, a gay man, took the oath of office to serve as Mayor of the City of Oakland Park. Additionally, John Adornato III, a gay man, took the oath of office to serve as Vice Mayor.
Situated north of Wilton Manors, east of Tamarac, west of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and south of Pompano Beach, Oakland Park had a population of 41,363 in the 2010 U.S. Census. The city is holding a special election to fill a vacant commission seat on March 15, 2016. Scott Herman, a gay disabled combat veteran, is campaigning for the seat. The election is non-partisan.
Meanwhile, in North Florida, Ryan Terrell, a gay man, has withdrawn his name from the running for Leon County Commission. Terrell, born and raised in Broward County, currently serves as the Southeast Director of the Young Democrats of America. He said pulling out of the race for the District 2 seat on the Leon County Commission is an effort to consolidate support around one Democratic candidate. The race currently has seven candidates.
“I’m taking one for the team,” Terrell said.
Terrell declined to state any allegiance to a Democratic candidate for U.S. President. He said he anticipates becoming a member of the Democratic National Committee in time for the 2016 convention in Philadelphia. On the state level, Terrell said Democrats have a realistic chance to take control of the Florida Senate once the new maps are drawn.
“That’s the one to really watch,” Terrell said. “It’s entirely possible for Florida Democrats to take a majority in the Senate as opposed to picking up just one House seat.”