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FLArmenians Elections Center: 2022 Special & Municipal Election Endorsements in South Florida

BOCA RATON, FL – Florida Armenians is pleased to announce our endorsements for the upcoming 2022 special and municipal elections taking place in Broward and Palm Beach Counties on March 8, 2022.

SPECIAL ELECTIONS: STATE SENATE & STATE HOUSE

Senate District 33 (SD-33)

  • Rosalind Osgood (D)

House District 88 (HD-88)

  • Jervonte “Tae” Edmonds (D)

House District 94 (HD-94)

  • Daryl Campbell (D) (unopposed)

Daryl Campbell won the Democrat Party’s primary election on January 11, 2022 and since no Republican filed to run Campbell was automatically elected to the HD-94 State House seat.

BROWARD COUNTY MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Hillsboro Beach

  • Commissioner At-Large: Jane Reiser

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

  • Commission District 2: Randy Strauss

Lighthouse Point

  • Commission District 1: Patty Petrone
  • Commission District 2: Troy Ganter
  • Commission District 3: Jason Joffe

Pembroke Pines

  • Commission District 1: Thomas “Tom” Good
  • Commission District 4: Angelo Castillo

PALM BEACH COUNTY MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Boynton Beach

  • Mayor: Ty Penserga
  • Commission District 1: Angela Cruz
  • Commissioner District 3: Marit Hedeen

Greenacres

  • Council District 2: Nathan Galang
  • Council District 3: Judy Dugo
  • Council District 4: Suzy Diaz

Lake Worth Beach

  • Commission District 4: Craig Frost

Jupiter

  • Mayor: Ilan Kaufer
  • Council District 1: Cheryl Schneider

North Palm Beach

  • Council Group 1: Deborah Searcy
  • Council Group 3: Darryl Aubrey
  • Council Group 5: Mark Mullinix

Wellington

  • Council Seat 2: Tanya Siskind
  • Council Seat 3: John T. McGovern

West Palm Beach

  • Commission District 1: Cathleen Ward
  • Commission District 3: Christy Fox (unopposed)
  • Commission District 5: Christina Lambert (unopposed)

Municipal elections in the State of Florida are non-partisan. If you’re interested in learning more about the candidates, FLArmenians encourages you to visit the candidate websites and learn more about each candidate on the ballot in your area. Also, The Palm Beach Post’s Hannah Morse has an excellent article breaking down of all the races in Palm Beach County with details on early voting locations and additional background on the candidates.

For specific information about voting, such as registering, changing party affiliation, updating address records, and more, please visit the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website and the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections website.

Additional endorsements may be added.

Florida Armenians Participate in International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at Palm Beach Central High School

WELLINGTON, FL – On Friday, January 25, 2019 the Palm Beach County School District held an International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at Palm Beach Central High School (PBCHS). The event featured a collaborative program of student speakers from the school’s Holocaust Studies Department that highlighted the mass genocides of the 20th century, and called attention to the increase of violent crimes due to bigotry and hatred.

Over 100 students, faculty, and administrators gathered in the auditorium to hear the presentations, including remarks from PBCHS Holocaust Studies Department Chair Ms. Maureen Holtzer, and Zelda Fuksman, a Holocaust survivor who speaks to students across Florida about the Holocaust as part of the state’s inSIGHT Through Education initiative.

Following the presentations, participants traveled outside to the unveiling of a Genocide Memorial Garden, which will be a permanent fixture for students, parents, and teachers to learn about all genocides, man’s inhumanity towards man, and the lessons of intolerance and prejudice.

Norman Frajman, a local Holocaust survivor spoke about his experience, the importance of remembrance, and how we can all learn from the past lest we be doomed to repeat it.

Florida Armenians Editor Taniel Koushakjian offered remarks about the local Armenian American community’s efforts to expand genocide education through the work of the Armenian Genocide Committee (AGC). The AGC has successfully led a unified Armenian American community effort since 2014, working hand-in-hand with government officials, school administrators, educators, and parents in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.

Ms. Holtzer and her students spent weeks preparing the beautiful grounds of the garden. They also worked passionately to deliver a moving presentation and program. The Genocide Memorial Garden features hand-made butterflies that list the names of genocide victims for each instance of genocide, including the Armenian Genocide.

“The garden was created by students from my research class as their legacy to the school,” Ms. Holtzer said. “They felt it was of utmost importance to create something that would be a reminder of the devastating consequences of hatred. They selected the butterfly as their symbol as it represents both beauty and freedom,” said Ms. Holtzer.

To conclude the program participants were all given butterflies which were then set free together to mark the opening of the garden.

“I think it’s wonderful,” stated Richard Baronian of Boynton Beach, FL. The names of Baronian’s family members who perished in the genocide are displayed in the garden. “The genocide remembrance garden at Palm Beach Central High School will teach the students and parents of non-Armenians about our history. Hopefully they will want to find out more so the world never forgets,” Baronian said.