Broward County

Broward County Commission: One incumbent reelected, one faces a write-in in November

Beam Furr and Mark Bogen
Beam Furr and Mark Bogen /Sun Sentinel

With no Republican or independent challenger in November, incumbent Broward County Commissioner Quentin “Beam” Furr — who is now the mayor — will keep his District 6 seat, voters decided Tuesday.

Furr, 63, who was first elected to the commission in 2014, beat newcomer Altaf Ahmed. Ahmed, whose family, according to the Sun Sentinel, owns two Subway franchises, had run on the platform of adding diversity to the commission.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Furr had 76 percent of the vote.

“I can’t wait to start the new term,” Furr said Tuesday night. “I can’t thank the voters enough.”

While most of Tuesday’s primary elections were based on party affiliation, all voters in District 6 — which includes Hollywood, Pembroke Pines and Hallandale Beach — were able to vote because of the absence of a Republican candidate.

Furr said he’s been working on several initiatives involving education, the environment, the economy and infrastructure.

“We are poised to do some real good things,” he said.

Also decided Tuesday, Broward commission incumbent Mark Bogen, who is now the vice mayor, got the Democrats’ nod Tuesday. He will face a write-in candidate in November for the District 2 seat. Only Democratic voters had the chance to vote in this race Tuesday.

District 2 includes parts of Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Margate and Pompano Beach.

Bogen received 74 percent of votes with almost all precincts reporting. Challenger Ryan Ross, 32, a Coral Springs High teacher, received 26 percent.