Ethical lapses and downright criminality have plagued the Broward County Commission recently, with former Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion going to prison on public corruption charges in 2009 and ex-Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin being charged in July with unlawful compensation for voting for grants written by her husband for Southwest Ranches. Finally, under huge community pressure, the commission voted in August to adopt an ethics code.
The other dominant issue is the Great Recession's continuing drag on county coffers. The commission this month voted to hold the line on property taxes and make deeper cuts in services. It was the right choice.
Four commission seats are on the Nov. 2 ballot, but only two races are competitive.
Democrat Barbara Sharief, a Miramar commissioner, worked hard to win this Southwest Broward district's primary from among a crowded field seeking to replace Ms. Wasserman-Rubin. She is opposed by Republican Christopher Ziadie, 44, a retail business manager.
Ms. Sharief, 38, is the best choice. A self-made businesswoman, Ms. Sharief wants the county to redevelop aging county properties. She cites the Foxcroft golf course project as an example. On the Miramar commission she founded the Commission on a Mission program to assist residents with foreclosure issues, aid the elderly and assist the needy with low-cost healthcare. Ms. Sharief has a feel for the county's poorest and would be their advocate at County Hall.
For Broward County Commission, District 8, The Herald recommends BARBARA SHARIEF.