Former Mayor of Coral Springs

Roy Gold, Former Mayor of Coral Springs

This website is from Roy Gold's successful 2010 campaign for Mayor. Because of term limits, Roy Gold is not a candidate in the 2012 election. For election information, see www.coralsprings.org/voting/

November 6, 2009

Our Town News: Coral Springs 2010 Mayoral Campaign Kicks Off With Familiar, New Candidates

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By Nicol Jenkins
Editor

The race for the new Coral Springs Mayor for 2010 has begun.

A year before Election Day, three candidates have put in their bids to become the new Mayor. The first being current City Commissioner and environmental activist Roy Gold, who held the first campaign party this past week at the Walk.

Two newcomers have also declared their intent to run, including the youngest candidate, 20-year-old Max Lashin, and James Gleason.

Gold says he wants to be the next Mayor so he can make a difference in the areas of public safety, economy, education, environment, and aesthetics of the city.

“I want to work with others to help achieve benefits for our residents in these tough economic times. I will actively work with the Commission in supporting the Coral Springs business model that has served our community. Working to enhance the quality of life our community represents; supporting issues citizens tell me they are most concerned about; public safety, education and the natural beauty and aesthetic of our city,” said Gold.

“I have established great relationships with city and county leaders. I am thankful for the support I have with members of the Coral Springs Chamber, our business community, board members of our various committees and our residents. I will continue to be responsive to our residents by being a good listener and continue working with all levels of city government to enhance our efficiency and effectiveness,” added Gold.

Lashin says he can bring a fresh approach to the city. He’s planning a campaign event for January.

“I was running for Commission and people kept telling me to run for Mayor. I will focus on three areas: public safety, education and the pristine look of the city. All three have a place in my heart since I was raised in the city, and I want to make sure they are continued in the future so the next generation gets the same that I got,” said Lashin.

James Gleason, who has lived in Coral Springs for nine years, says he wants to run to ensure public safety, education, business acquirement and the look of the city.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes happen over the last few years, regarding public safety, education, the look of the city and business acquirement. I am increasingly more concerned with the direction the city is taking,” said Gleason.

Gleason says he has the needed background to become Mayor. He is involved with the Customer Involved Government Committee, the Government Academy, and has over 20 years experience in government contracting at the federal and state level.

As for new faces, Gold responded, “Everyone has the right to be involved in government. I do not know the experience they bring to the city and what they have done for the community, but I will say that running for Mayor is not a position that I feel someone should run for without any direct experience. I have been active in our city government for over twenty years, first as a citizen activist working on many different committees supporting education and the environment, and in the past five years as a City Commissioner and Vice Mayor. We are in challenging economic times and we need an experienced, effective and committed leader that can unite our city leadership.”

Gold’s Campaign Party

Gold held the first campaign party with support from city leaders, family and students.

Many local leaders praised Gold for dedication to the city and work with environmental issues and strong fiscal responsibility. Gold has been known for being the “note taking Commissioner” and work on environmental issues and the teen political forum.

“I think Roy will make a great Mayor. It will be a continuation of the good work and devotion that he has done for the city,” said Former Coral Springs Mayor Ron Ernest-Jones.

Connie Carberg, an active member of the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce, added, “We need someone who believes in the city and he does.”

Vice Mayor Vince Boccard calls Gold a “true activist and historian” of the city.

“He understands what the city needs, and I think he would do a good job,” said Boccard.

Campaign manager Bruce Weinberg praised Gold for the teen political forum, the Waterway Cleanup, and many other city initiatives.

“He has always been there for the city,” said Weinberg.

His biggest supporter, his wife Janet, spoke about his many years of volunteering and service to the city.

“He walks the walk and talks the talk,” said Janet.

Gold thanked the community, his volunteers wearing Roy Gold for Mayor shirts, and local leaders for their support. He has been a 30-year Coral Springs resident and served six years on the City Commission.

“I have been a life long volunteer and want to continue to be involved in public service,” said Gold.

November 2, 2009

Commissioner Gold to serve a second time as Sergeant-at-Arms at NLC’s national meeting

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Commissioner Roy Gold has agreed to serve for the second year in a row as Sergeant-at-Arms at the National League of Cities 2009 Annual Business Meeting in San Antonio on Saturday, November 14. Approximately 1,000 delegates from around the country will take part in this annual conference.

As sergeant-at-arms appointed by the NLC president, Gold is responsible for enforcing the NLC’s official rules and procedures, as well as tallying all votes taken on the floor. The Annual Business Meeting is part of the NLC’s Congress of Cities event, which brings together city officials from across the country to discuss issues and challenges facing local governments. Networking opportunities, speakers and training sessions also are available.

“This is certainly a rare privilege and honor to again be asked to serve as Sergeant-at-Arms at the 2009 NLC Congress of Cities in San Antonio,” Gold said. “I’m always pleased to be able to represent Coral Springs and at this National event, I will serve proudly.”

Gold has been active in NLC since 2004. He serves on the NLC’s Leadership Training Council and The Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee. Gold currently represents The Florida League of Cities as a member of the Board of Directors and is 1st Vice President of the Broward League of Cities.

The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. For more information, visit www.nlc.org.

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