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Endorsements: Boca Raton Special Election 2018

Florida Armenians is pleased to announce our endorsements for the City of Boca Raton Special Election that will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

For Mayor of Boca Raton: Scott Singer

For Boca Raton City Council Seat A: Kathy Cottrell


Scott Singer

Scott Singer has served on the Boca Raton City Council since first being elected in 2014. In 2017, Florida Armenians was proud to endorse his successful re-election campaign. Singer’s involvement in the city is deep, where he sits on numerous boards and is involved with several community organizations. Of particular concern to Armenian American residents in Boca Raton, Mr. Singer has been a strong advocate for human rights and Armenian Genocide recognition. He has supported numerous resolutions in City Hall commemorating the Armenian Genocide and has attended Armenian community events at St. David Armenian Church in Boca Raton and throughout the city. Therefore, Florida Armenians is proud to support Scott Singer for Mayor of Boca Raton.

To learn more about Mr. Singer please click here.

Kathy Cottrell

Although new to politics, Mrs. Cottrell has been actively engaged in Boca Raton community and civic affairs. A Boca Raton native, she has sat on city boards and consulted with Fortune 500 companies. Given her deep roots to Boca Raton and the community, and her education and professional background, Florida Armenians is proud to endorse Mrs. Cottrell for Boca Raton City Council Seat A.

To learn more about Mrs. Cottrell please click here.


Following the suspension of Mayor Susan Haynie in April of this year, a special election to fill her seat was immediately scheduled for August 28, 2018, to coincide with the State of Florida’s Primary Election Day. In accordance with Florida’s new “resign to run” law, Scott Singer, who sat on the City Council at the time of Haynie’s suspension, resigned from city council to run for mayor to replace Haynie. That opened his seat for election, Seat A, which will also be decided tomorrow.

For more information about the City of Boca Raton municipal elections, please click here.

Florida Armenians Congratulate Elected Officials in Boca Raton

Councilwoman-Elect Andrea O’Rourke

BOCA RATON, FL – Florida Armenians would like to congratulate Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilman Scott Singer on their re-election. We would also like to congratulate Councilwoman-Elect Andrea O’Rourke, who was successful in the Seat B race.

Haynie, Singer, and O’Rourke were each elected to a three year term in the March 14, 2017 municipal election.

We look forward to working with them, and the entire Boca Raton City Council, in the years ahead.

Florida Armenians Announce Endorsements for Boca Raton 2017 Municipal Elections

Polling center FLArmenians

By FLArmenians Editorial Board

BOCA RATON, FL – Florida Armenians is pleased to announce our endorsements in the upcoming Boca Raton municipal elections. The City of Boca Raton 2017 Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Polls will be open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Electors of the City will vote for candidates for Mayor, City Council Seat A, and City Council Seat B.


boca-sample-ballot-2017Here are the candidates running:


Susan Haynie (Incumbent)
Alfred Zucaro


Scott Singer (Incumbent)
Patti Dervishi


Emily Gentile
Andrea Levine O’Rourke
Andy Thomson

(Not sure if you are a registered voter? Visit to check your status and find your polling station. To view a sample ballot for the City of Boca Raton, click here.)


Florida Armenians endorses Susan Haynie for Mayor, Scott Singer for City Council Seat A, and Emily Gentile for City Council Seat B.

Mayor Haynie and Councilman Singer have been friends of the Armenian community of Boca Raton for many years. Last year, Mayor Haynie, Councilman Singer, and others on the City Council introduced and passed a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

In addition, both Haynie and Singer have served the city well in their first term in office and deserve re-election. Haynie has helped guide the city, manage sustainable growth, and boosted a pro-jobs environment. Singer has been a strong advocate for citizen activism and participation in government, as evidenced by his many in-person and telephone town-halls.

In the open race to succeed term-limited Councilman Mike Mullaugh, Emily Gentile is the clear choice. She has the strongest record of city involvement and activism – having served in leadership positions on over a dozen city boards, civic groups, and local charities – unlike her opponent Andrea O’Rourke who has limited community involvement, and Andy Thomson who moved to Boca Raton 7 months ago and hasn’t served on a single city board. O’Rourke and Thomson represent two extremes of the anti-growth and anti-development vs pro-growth and pro-development political spectrum, respectively; whereas Gentile takes a balanced approach, mindful of all parties and interests, and will add decades of knowledge and experience in community affairs and problem solving to the city council.

Emily Gentile and Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan at St. David Armenian Church

Emily Gentile and Rev. Fr. Paren Galstyan at St. David Armenian Church

Councilman Mullaugh, as well as former Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Linda Melconian who helped spearhead the state’s Armenian Genocide education curriculum, have endorsed Emily Gentile for Boca City Council, among others. She recently visited St. David Armenian Church in Boca Raton, FL and met with dozens of community members.

Florida Armenians is proud to endorse these great community leaders and looks forward to working with them in the years to come.