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Florida Armenians is proud to endorse the following candidates that are running in the upcoming March 9, 2021 municipal elections in Palm Beach County. Please be advised that municipal elections are for residents within the city limits. If you don’t know if you are eligible to vote in these elections please check your voter registration by visiting the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office or click here to look up your voter registration and or update your address and information.
Seat C: Constance Scott
Constance Scott previously served two terms on the Boca Raton City Council (2009-2015). She is endorsed by the Palm Beach Post, Business Leaders United PAC, International Association of Firefighters Local 1560, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #35, The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, Broward-Palm Beaches-St. Lucie Realtors, as well as Palm Beach County School Board Chair Frank Barbieri, Jr.
Seat D: Brian Stenberg
Brian Stenberg is endorsed by Business Leaders United PAC, and the Broward-Palm Beaches-St. Lucie Realtors.
Mayor: Tracy Caruso
Tracy Caruso is endorsed by the Palm Beach County Economic Council, PBC Police Benevolent Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 1842, SEUI-FPSU, the Set Neighborhood Alliance, as well as PBC Commissioners Robert Weinroth, Maria Marino, and State Reps. Joe Casello and Mike Caruso, among others.
Sear 1: Adam Frankel
Adam Frankel is running for re-election and is endorsed by the Palm Beach County Economic Council, PBC Police Benevolent Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 1842, the Set Neighborhood Alliance, The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, SEIU-FL, as well as Congressman Ted Deutch, State Senator Lori Berman, and PBC Commissioners Robert Weinroth, Mack Bernard, and Maria Sachs.
Seat 3: Ryan Boylston
Ryan Boylston is running for re-election and is endorsed by the Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach County Economic Council, PBC Police Benevolent Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 1842, Broward-Palm Beaches-St. Lucie Realtors, The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, SEIU-FL, and seven former Mayors of Delray Beach.
Edward “Ted Cooney
Ted Cooney is endorsed by the entire Palm Beach Town Council, namely outgoing Mayor Gail Coniglio, Mayor-Elect Dani Moore, Town Council President Maggie Zeidman, Town Council members Bobbie Lindsay and Lew Crampton, as well as the PBC Human Rights Council Voters Alliance
Palm Beach Gardens
Group 2: Marcie Tinsley
Marcie Tinsley is endorsed by BIZPAC, Broward-Palm Beach-St. Lucie Realtors. The Economic Council of PBC. Equality Florida Action PAC. PBC Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, PBC Police Benevolent Association, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce PAC, Professional Firefighters / Paramedics of Palm Beach County, Local 2928, I.A.F.F., Inc., and SEIU-FL.
West Palm Beach
District 2: Shalonda Warren
Shalonda Warren is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police WPB Lodge 2, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Leadership PAC, PBC Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, SEIU Florida, as well as WPB Mayor Keith James, and WPB City Commissioners Christina Lambert and Christy Fox, among others.
District 4: Joe Peduzzi
Joe Peduzzi is currently serving on the West Palm Beach City Commission and deserves re-election. He is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police WPB Lodge 2, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Leadership PAC, PBC Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, SEUI-Florida, AFL-CIO Florida, as well as WPB Mayor Keith James, and WPB City Commissioners Christina Lambert, Kelly Shaof, Christy Fox, and Cory Neering, among others.
Bipartisan Letter Cites Portland Trail Blazer Enes Kanter Among the Critics Erdogan has Tried to Silence
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) urged the Biden Administration to press the Turkish government to improve its human rights record, which includes an increasingly authoritarian crackdown on dissent both domestically and abroad.
The bipartisan letter signed by more than 50 other senators cited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for marginalizing domestic opposition, silencing or coopting critical media outlets, purging independent judges and replacing them with party loyalists, and jailing scores of journalists.
“President Erdogan’s foreign policy has also grown more belligerent and combative over time. In recent years, he brazenly attacked U.S.-backed Kurds fighting ISIS in Syria, he purchased Russian air defense systems despite warnings that they were incompatible with U.S. technology, and he encouraged Azerbaijan to use violence to settle a territorial dispute with Armenia,” the senators wrote.
“President Erdogan has also attempted to pressure the U.S. and other countries into extraditing Turkish nationals, whom he blames for the failed coup in 2016. The Erdogan government has sought to silence critics in the United States like Enes Kanter, an NBA player and human rights advocate, by going after his family in Turkey and placing an INTERPOL red notice on him.”
The senators note that the United States has a significant opportunity to influence Turkey’s troubling human rights record because it’s an important ally in a key region of the world.
“We believe that the United States must hold allies and partners to a higher standard and speak frankly with them about issues of human rights and democratic backsliding,” the senators continued. “We urge you to emphasize to President Erdogan and his administration that they should immediately end their crackdown on dissent at home and abroad, release political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, and reverse their authoritarian course.”
In addition to Rubio and Wyden, the letter was also signed by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), John Thune (R-SD), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), John Boozman (R-AR), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Patty Murray (D-WA), James Lankford (R-OK), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ed Markey (D-MA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Todd Young (R-IN), Mark Warner (D-VA), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), John Kennedy (R-LA), Robert Casey (D-PA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jon Tester (D-MT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).
The full text of the letter is available here.