By Jill Fox
Get it done and do it right. That’s the motto of the latest candidate to enter the commission race, however this time it’s for Parkland’s District 4 seat — against an incumbent.
Native Floridian and small business owner Robert Brannen said he wants to donate his time and make a difference.
He will oppose City Commissioner Bob Mayersohn, who has served District 4 since November 2016, most recently as Parkland’s vice mayor.
Brannen was born in North Miami and has lived in Parkland for four years—first in Parkside Estates, and now in Pine Tree Estates.
He said the hot topic right now for him is what’s been going on with the roads in Pine Tree Estates. He wants to be a voice for the residents and listen to what they have to say.
The owner of Happy House Outdoor Living, which supplies pools, shade structures, and louvered roof systems for residential, commercial, and architectural design applications, Brannen has grown the company 500 percent over the past six years.
Since the age of 13, Brannen has been a hard worker, first with his family’s 60-year-old aluminum business, and then as an IT Director in corporate America. It wasn’t until recently that he decided to start his own company with an elite-style product, different than that of his family business.
His mother, Diane Brannon, who lives in Tamarac, has a vested interest in his run for office, as she was the first woman to be voted into the council in North Miami.
“I grew up campaigning and went through the process with her,” said Brannen, who wants to support the mayor and be a part of making things better in Parkland.
“For me, there are no problems, just resolutions,” he said.
He has always donated his time, whether on boards for sports or other activities or coaching youth sports for 20 years in Broward County, mentoring athletes in baseball and football.
In 2015, Brannon married professional golfer Valeria Ochoa, who gained a following after appearing on The Big Break, a reality show on The Golf Channel.
They have seven children between them: Heather, 32, Troy, 25, Camilla, 22, Tara, 22, Sara, 18, Sebastian, 17, and Valentina, 11.
Brannen coaches softball for his youngest daughter, Valentina, who will attend Westglades Middle School in the fall. His daughter, Sara, who is graduating from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in a few weeks, was just awarded one of two $1,500 scholarships from the City of Parkland.
As a city commissioner, Brannen’s goal would be to support Parkland residents, make a name for himself, and make a difference.
In addition to District 4, Commissioner Kenneth Cutler of District 3 is also up for reelection. In addition, with Commissioners Stacy Kagan and Rich Walker running for mayor, District 1 and 2 seats will become available as well.
Residents who are interested in running should contact the City Clerk Alyson Morales with any questions.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked on the public relations side as well as the television side of marketing for NBC Universal. A true Floridian, Fox grew up in Ormond Beach and now resides in Parkland with her husband, Brian and their two children, Madden, 11 and Randi, 7.
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