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HomeLocal NewsBOLTON AND VILLALOBOS UP FOR RE-ELECTION, YOU COULD CHALLENGE THEM

BOLTON AND VILLALOBOS UP FOR RE-ELECTION, YOU COULD CHALLENGE THEM

As the November elections approach, residents of Tamarac are gearing up for a busy season. This year, the District 1 and 3 seats are up for grabs, providing an opportunity for new voices to join the city commission.

District 1 is currently represented by Commissioner Marlon Bolton. Bolton was first elected in 2016 and re-elected in November 2020 with an overwhelming 74% of the votes. He served as Vice Mayor twice.  He serves as a leader, policy-maker, advocate, and fighter for good government, ensuring residents’ needs are met and promoting Tamarac’s potential. Bolton holds various positions and affiliations, including as a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediator, Communications Director for Broward County District 9, and Senior Pastor at Praise Experience Church in North Lauderdale. According to his last campaign filing, Bolton raised almost $44,000 with no loans. Bolton currently has 1 challenger, who raised $295.

District 3 is currently represented by Commissioner Elvin Villalobos who won his election by only 44.93% of the votes. He served as Vice Mayor once. He is a dedicated public servant with a strong passion for making a difference in his community; however, he has faced controversies. He ordered a resident’s removal from a meeting and may have perpetuated corruption. Villalobos also seems to engage in online criticism and attacks on fellow commissioners and Home Owner Association Leaders. His actions have sparked concerns and disagreements on the Nextdoor app.  It is unclear at this time whether Villalobos is employed, but he holds a real estate license. Villalobos has raised $71,059.70 with more than $70,000 in loans, netting only approximately $1,000 raised. He currently has no challenger.

The city commissioner seats come with a salary of approximately $55,000 per year, plus a controversial $700 per month car allowance and other benefits.

For those passionate about making a difference in Tamarac, the reward goes beyond the financial compensation.  If you’re interested in throwing your hat into the ring, the deadline to qualify to run for office is rapidly approaching. Potential candidates must meet the qualification requirements and submit their paperwork by June 14, 2024, to be eligible to run.

With the open seats in Districts 1 and 3, Tamarac voters will have a significant say in shaping the future of their city. Will you be one of the candidates vying for a spot on the commission? The fate of Tamarac’s progress is in the hands of its residents. Stay tuned for updates on the election and candidate profiles as we approach November.

 

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