By: Sharon Aron Baron
On Tuesday, we announced Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky was running for the late Rep. Kristin Jacob’s Florida House seat this November.
Her bid for the State House would require her to resign ten days before the qualifying period — although she could remain mayor, and preside over commission meetings until the November 2020 election.
The open seat left by her is an opportunity for someone to step up and fill her shoes —- and that won’t be easy. Hunschofsky is well-liked by her constituents and easily won two prior elections by a landslide.
If you are a leader, can make independent and informed decisions about the future of our city, educated, logical, and can connect well on a human level with others, then this job may be for you.
Being a mayor can be a full-time job with many obligations. There are also ribbon-cuttings, meetings, committees, charitable fundraisers, and calls to constituents. While Hunschofsky dedicated all her time to the position, this would be great for any business leader or professional to step in and run — and no prior political experience is required.
And it pays too. The mayor’s salary is $35,553 plus a $3,600 auto allowance. Health insurance at $8,334, and phone allowance at $600 for a $48,087 package.
Although the 2020 election is seven months away, those who are considering a run for mayor, need to get their ducks in a row now because not only does campaigning cost a lot of money, it may be impossible to meet constituents the typical way by knocking on doors, with social distancing restrictions in place.
Since it is an at-large position, interested candidates can live anywhere in the city. However, before throwing your hat into the ring, it is best to contact the city clerk Alyson Morales [email protected] with any questions.
According to Morales, the qualifying period is from noon on June 8 to noon on June 12, which means, after that date, it is too late to decide.
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