By Jill Fox
Parkland resident and attorney Alan “A.C.” Nash announced he is running for city commission District 2.
A native Floridian, his family, stumbled upon Parkland in 2013, and they liked what they saw.
“We were surprised by the nice, welcoming feel of Parkland– it was a paradise almost,” said Nash, who observed a family vibe, and began spending time at Parkland staples, like the farmers market and the amphitheater.
His goal as an elected official is to be a part of developing a next-gen diversity plan to attract and satisfy the upcoming changes in the neighborhood.
“Not just black and white, but Hispanic and the 55 and older community, developing plans to satisfy different demographics within Parkland,” he said.
Born in Miami, Nash graduated from Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, located just one mile from his law office. He has lived in South Florida for most of his life, other than attending the University of Florida, followed by law school at Florida State University, where he met his wife, Celena.
Nash manages the casualty division at Marshall Dennehey, a civil litigation firm, and his wife is a real estate attorney. They live in the community of Watercrest with their two young daughters, Giselle, 6, and Gianna, 2.
In addition to spending time with his family, Nash enjoys mentoring students throughout the state of Florida, including elementary, high school, undergraduate, and law school levels.
A proud member of several professional organizations, like the Broward County Bar Association and T.J. Reddick Bar Association, he also sits on the board of the Fort Lauderdale Community Development Corporation.
Nash said he wants to be involved with what’s happening with the infrastructure of Parkland, and what the commission will do to make sure the city is ready for the change that’s underway — preserving the feel of Parkland as it grows. With the wedge being projected to be one of the most heavily developed traffic areas with people moving in and out over the next 15 years, he feels it’s a great position to be in.
“Hopefully, to be elected, and be able to work with my constituents and other commissioners to show what we can do to make the city as great as it can be,” he said.
As a lawyer, Nash hopes to take time to offer some legal perspective towards the pending Pine Tree Estates lawsuit. He wants to help evaluate the issue and trying to avoid a legal battle because it can be so taxing on both parties.
He feels his experiences in the law, in business and the many things he’s done in the community, show his commitment to his neighbors and how he will help preserve the life, safety, education, and particularly the economic viability of the city moving forward.
“I’m very excited to be a part of this change,” said Nash.
Residents interested in running for either District 1 and 2 must file and complete the qualifying process between noon on Monday, July 6, 2020, through noon on Friday, July 10, 2020. This includes filling out paperwork and paying city and state fees. Candidates must also be eligible voters who have resided in Parkland for the last one year.
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