By: Sharon Aron Baron
Three seats will be open on the Parkland City Commission in 2018 election, and so far, two incumbents have announced they will be running.
Parkland’s elected officials are part-time positions, however, they take up a lot of free time. In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, they demand more sensitivity along with sensible leadership than ever. If you are considering a bid for office, expect to give up many nights and weekends.
The mayor’s annual salary is $31,800. Commissioners earn $28,810. Both receive $3,600 for car allowance, $7,812 in health insurance and $600 for cell phone allowance. Seats available include mayor and two for city commission Districts One and Two.
Christine Hunschofsky has filed to run for reelection in 2018. Christine was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Parkland, Florida with her family over 16 years ago. Christine is a graduate from Babson College with a Masters in Business Administration and a recipient of the Ernst and Young Accounting Award. Additionally she is a graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy.
After serving on several committees, in 2013, she won the election to the District Two seat against Nancy Robeson with 84 percent. In 2016, she elected to run for mayor after Michael Udine resigned to run for an open seat on the Broward County Commission. In that race against challenger Brian Rosaler she won with 76 percent of the votes. A mayor’s position is at-large and they can live anywhere in the city.
Commission District 1
Stacy Kagan has served as a City of Parkland City Commissioner since 2013. She was born in Queens, New York and moved to South Florida in 1970. She has lived in the City of Parkland since 2004 and is the owner of an Allstate Insurance Agency in Coral Springs.
After running unopposed in a special election in 2013, Kagan was elected to the Parkland city commission and reelected unopposed in 2014.
District one encompasses south of Loxahatchee Road, portions west of Pine Island Road, and north of the Parkland/Coral Springs boundary line.
Commission District Two
Currently, Grace Solomon serves in this seat and since this was first published, she has announced that she will not be seeking reelection which leaves an open seat in this district.
District Two covers south of Loxahatchee Road, west of University Drive, east of Pine Island Road, west of Holmberg Road to the city border.
If you or someone you know has interest in local government, then consider throwing your hat into the ring because qualifying period is from noon, Monday, June 18, 2018 – Noon, Friday, June 22, 2018. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
To qualify, contact the Parkland City Clerk Jennifer Johnson at (954) 757-4132 or by email to email@example.com to make an appointment.