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Ken Keechl Announces Run for Broward County Commission

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FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Local attorney and political activist, Ken Keechl, has announced his candidacy for the Broward County Commission, District 7 seat.

The District 7 seat is currently being held by John E. Rodstrom who is forbidden to run again due to term limitations.

District 7 includes the southern portion of Fort Lauderdale, most of Dania Beach and eastern Davie, Florida.

Ken Keechl served four years on the Broward County Commission, including one year as Broward County mayor. During his service to the county, he focused on balancing development with preserving green space. A native Floridian, Keechl, 48, has lived in Broward County for nearly twenty five years and is a graduate of Florida State University. Keechl, a partner at Broward County law firm of Kopelowitz, Ostrow, Ferguson, Weiselberg, Keechl, PA, is taking many cases pro bono in response to current economic conditions.

Keechl, a Democrat, lost reelection to his seat in 2010 during the nationwide Republican sweep in that election. His loss was considered a major upset as he was expected to walk away with being elected for a second four-year term.

“The Broward County Commission needs a seasoned business professional with local government experience,” Keechl says. “I have the ideas, determination and skills to hit the ground running. I will make things happen.”

Keechl believes it is critical to implement government accountability that ensures the residents of Broward County are served ethically, efficiently and respectfully.

In announcing his candidacy for Broward County Commission District 7, Keechl said, “I pledge to continue to have an open door to District 7 residents, to seek out our community leaders for guidance, to listen to neighbors’ concerns, and together to find solutions.”
Keechl also vowed to increase jobs in Broward County and work on improving the county’s infrastructure without raising taxes. Keechl is on record as having never voted for a tax increase while in office.

“I will run a people-powered campaign – walking, knocking on doors and meeting residents and business owners of District 7,” Keechl said. “The people of District 7 will always be my main focus.”

LaMarca: The Social Media Commish?

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FORT LAUDERDALE – It must have been a barn-burner of a Broward County Commission meeting on Tuesday, February 22. While working on public policy matters, County Commissioner Chip LaMarca took some time at around 11:30 a.m. to tickle his keyboard and comment on Sun-Sentinel writer Brittany Wallman’s Facebook meanderings about stock car racing. Wallman, who reports about Broward County news for the Fort Lauderdale-based newspaper, was herself at the commission meeting, covering the proceedings for her bosses. LaMarca, who won his commission seat last year after defeating Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl – at one time the nation’s highest ranking gay elected official – entered Wallman’s FB thread when he noticed Wallman banging away at her own keys.

The Commish was apparently under-impressed by whomever was addressing the county elders (“Are you posting while Broward’s most famous speaker rants?,” LaMarca typed on Wallman’s page). Wallman ‘fessed up immediately on her page (“full disclosure: I’m commenting while “covering” a Broward County Commisssion [sic] meeting,” she wrote), but only after acknowledging that she’d been “BUSTED!” The identity of “Broward’s most famous speaker” – and the subject of LaMarca’s dry posting – remains unknown.

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