Covers the western portion of the city, including Boulevard Heights and parts of Driftwood.
Incumbent Beam Furr is not running for reelection.
• Judy Bates, 61, is a first time candidate who has worked as a purchasing coordinator at Yacht Interiors by Shelley for the past 12 years. If elected, Bates said she wants to put the communities of District 5 first and focus on more police protection for the district. She said sidewalks and street signs haven’t been replaced in years in the western portion of the city. Bates has been active in homeowner’s associations and a resident of Hollywood for 36 years and says her knowledge of the area gives her an advantage.
Kevin Biederman, 49, is part owner of Pest Pro Services, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Biederman, a first-time candidate, was elected to the Central Broward Water Control District in 2000, where he still serves as vice-chairman. Biederman, who has lived in the city for 27 years, wants to focus on economic development and attracting business. There is an opportunity with the expansion of Port Everglades, Biederman said. He was on the city’s transportation board and education review board.
• Francisco Vargas, 48, a first-time candidate works, as a school teacher in Hollywood. Vargas wants to concentrate on balancing the budget, bringing more business to the area and offering more programs for the youth. He said he understands the problems affecting all ages groups in the community. Vargas, who has lived in Hollywood for a little more than a year, first dipped into politics as a campaign worker in local elections, but has not been on any city boards.
Covers the southern part of Hollywood, including Hillcrest and Washington Park.
Edward “Ed” Holodak, 50, ran for Hollywood Commission four years ago. He is an attorney focusing on commercial and civil law and has been a resident since 1989. Holodak said he wants to simplify the city’s “exceptionally convoluted” budget and create a climate that attracts business. The amount of permits needed in Hollywood make it difficult to attract businesses, Holodak said. He wants to change that.
• Linda Sherwood, 69, a retired nurse, has served on the commission a little more than four years. If reelected, she plans to maintain a steady tax rate and increase transparency. Sherwood, who faced criticism for voting for tax increases and employee benefit cuts, wants to attract more families to Hollywood through creating more elementary and middle schools. More educational and research-based facilities are needed in the city for growth, she said. She has also been active in the redevelopment of State Road 7.
• Freddy M. Suastegui, 29, is a first-time candidate and the director of sales for PushClean, a cleaning product company in Hallandale Beach. He wants to bring transparency to the budgeting process in the city, saying every resident should know how the city’s money is being spent. Suastegui said he wants to consolidate all of the city’s funds and line-item all spending so there is accountability. While he has not been on any city boards, Suastegui said he has lived in the city his whole life, which he says gives him an edge.