The Herald recommends for Broward County Commission

Ethics and a $120-million budget deficit are hot topics in Broward County, where two commissioners have resigned due to corruption charges.

Broward Commission races are partisan, so these are primaries. Only District 8 has Republican contenders -- read our recommendation early next week. Other primary winners are automatically elected.


This Democratic slugfest pits five-term incumbent Suzanne Gunzburger against former state legislator Steven Geller. Mr. Geller, 61, accused Ms. Gunzburger of steering county business to her late husband's plastic lumber firm a decade ago. The Broward Sheriff's Office recently opened, then quickly closed, an investigation. BSO's timing smacks of political opportunism.

Our choice is Ms. Gunzburger, 71. This will likely be her valedictory term, capping a long record of service in this Southeast Broward district. Ms. Gunzburger wisely wants to enshrine the proposed ethics code in the county charter. She is a reliable vote for environmental protection and improving children's services and transportation. She authored making county buildings eco-friendly and the use of hybrid buses.

For Broward County Commission District 6 The Miami Herald recommends SUZANNE ``SUE'' GUNZBURGER.