Peter D. Hernandez, 49, is the owner of Govea Trucking Inc., a sand and gravel company, and is a Hollywood resident for 37 years. Hernandez, who ran unsuccessfully in 2000 and 2008, wants to focus on eradicating crime. Hernandez said he believes crime — including vehicle and home burglaries — is the No. 1 issue that his constituents face in his area. He wants to increase police presence and hold quarterly town hall meetings to encourage feedback from residents.
• Carol Lynn B. Kendall, 68, is an attorney focusing on family land-use issues. Kendall serves on the Marine Advisory Board. Kendall’s policy initiatives are to create a culture of fiscal conservatism and budget restraint in the city and to eliminate wasteful spending. She said the city needs to focus on community policing and have more officers on the ground, and it needs to eliminate the consent agenda so that all items are discussed.
• Ralph Kénol, 38, is a business and immigration lawyer who has lived in Hollywood for six years. He served on the Community Relations Board from 2004 until 2006. Kénol wants to improve the overall quality of life in Hollywood and capitalize on the city’s diversity. Kénol believes the city needs to offer competitive wages for police officers and city workers in order to attract new employees. If elected, he wants to focus on economic development in the aviation and healthcare industries.
The central part of Hollywood, including Hollywood Hills.
• Heidi O’Sheehan, 46, who has been on the commission since 2008, has lived in the city for 17 years. She served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and retired in 2005 as a captain. She has taken heat from the police union for supporting the pension referendum, which slashed benefits for employees. She said the last four years have been a learning experience, but believes the cuts made has put the city on better financial footing. The mother of three said if elected again she will continue to work on financial stability and build employee morale.
• Traci Lynn Callari, 42, is a trauma nurse at Memorial Regional Hospital. Callari, who has lived in the city for 30 years, said she was motivated to run because her husband James is a Hollywood police officer and was affected by recent pension changes. As a mother of three who was always involved at their children’s school, Nativity Catholic School, Callari she said she couldn’t understand how the city had gotten into such a bind. Callari, who has not been on any city boards, said the city needs to focus on prioritizing spending, being transparent and stepping up code enforcement.
The north central part of Hollywood, including Emerald Hills and parts of Playland Estates and Driftwood
Dick Blattner, 78, has lived in the city for more than 40 years, served on the commission from 1994-2000 and then was appointed in 2007 and reelected in 2008. He said his experience gives him the edge. If elected, he said he will focus on quality of life issues including public safety, code enforcement and building infrastructure. Blattner said the city is in a good position to continue to grow.
• Justin Serian, 29, is a paramedic/firefighter who has lived in Hollywood most of his life and went to Hollywood public schools. He said he decided to run because he saw a lack of oversight with taxpayer dollars and noticed a failing relationships with other government bodies. He said if elected, he will work on getting the younger generation more involved in government and politics. Though he has not been on city boards, Serian said he has been a volunteer for the Broward County Public School Board’s youth mentoring program and The Special Olympics.