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.
Incumbent Diana Wasserman-Rubin had planned not to run again, but she was forced to resign this month in the face of charges that several of her votes benefited her husband's firm. The three Democrats running in this Southwest Broward district are Angelo Castillo, 51, a Pembroke Pines commissioner and head of a housing agency for AIDS patients; Shevrin Jones, 26, a high-school instructor; Barbara Sharief, 38, a Miramar commissioner and owner of a pediatric home-care agency.
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Mr. Jones needs more public-service experience. Ms. Sharief, who ran for this seat in 2006, has grown politically. But the standout is Mr. Castillo, a former chief of Broward's Human Services Department who's brimming with big ideas. To help grow Broward's economy Mr. Castillo would create a small-business loan program using a bond issue. He wants a county efficiency study like one in the Pines that found $6 million in potential savings. Mr. Castillo wants to build attractions such as a water theme park to bring new tourist dollars and create new jobs.
For Broward County Commission District 8 The Miami Herald recommends ANGELO CASTILLO.