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.
Lauderhill City Commissioner Dale Holness, a Democrat, took the lead among another crowded field in the primary for this North Central Broward district. He is opposed by write-in candidate Marie K. Leon.
Mr. Holness, 53, is a Realtor. His Lauderhill commission experience is a plus. He's fiscally conservative but progressive on social issues. One of his priorities is improving public transit.
For Broward County Commission, District 9, The Herald recommends DALE V.C. HOLNESS.