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Dean Tran­talis, mayor, Fort Laud­erdale

Our com­mu­nity suf­fered a tremen­dous loss with the pass­ing of Skip Camp­bell. As a State Se­na­tor and as Mayor of Co­ral Springs, Skip Camp­bell em­bod­ied the ideals, prin­ci­ples, and spirit of pub­lic ser­vice. His dis­tin­guished lead­er­ship, com­pelling vi­sion, and mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tions to shap­ing the growth, de­vel­op­ment, and di­rec­tion of

South Florida and our State were be­yond re­proach, while his will­ing­ness to re­spect­fully reach across the aisle was a hall­mark of his ef­fec­tive­ness as a law­maker and states­man. On be­half of the City of Fort Laud­erdale, we of­fer our sin­cere con­do­lences to the Camp­bell fam­ily dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.

Lau­ren Book, Florida state se­na­tor

Af­ter his time as Se­na­tor, Skip Camp­bell could have sailed off into a very com­fort­able re­tire­ment. But he didn’t. In­stead, Skip Camp­bell chose to serve the city he loved. He re­turned home and was elected as Co­ral Springs’ mayor where he served with dis­tinc­tion. How amaz­ing that a man of his wealth and stature never for­got his roots or lost the de­sire to serve his com­mu­nity. You were one of a kind, Se­na­tor Camp­bell, and I am so hon­ored to have known you. Those of us in pub­lic ser­vice have so much to learn from you. I al­ready miss you.

John “Jack” P. Seiler, for­mer mayor, Fort Laud­erdale

Co­ral Springs, Broward County, and the State of Florida lost a true leg­end with the sud­den pass­ing of Se­na­tor Skip Camp­bell. Skip had an in­cred­i­ble ca­reer in pub­lic ser­vice as a highly re­spected and dis­tin­quished State Se­na­tor and then Mayor of Co­ral Springs. Skip had an amaz­ing ca­reer as a prom­i­nent trial lawyer suc­cess­fully rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests of thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies. Most im­por­tantly, Skip spent his life self­lessly giv­ing back to peo­ple and causes, al­ways help­ing oth­ers while build­ing com­mu­nity, pas­sion­ately seek­ing fair­ness and jus­tice for all, ad­mirably lead­ing by ex­am­ple, and sim­ply be­ing a gen­uinely good guy.

Michael Ryan, mayor, Sun­rise

The pass­ing of my friend, po­lit­i­cal col­league and law part­ner, Mayor Skip Camp­bell. He val­ued his faith, fam­ily, pub­lic ser­vice, roots, friends and fight­ing for those against whom the odds seemed stacked. Fiercely pas­sion­ate about jus­tice, he was a gi­ant in the le­gal com­mu­nity. He served in the Florida Se­nate when reach­ing across the aisle was val­ued, not a deroga­tory la­bel. He had a gifted in­tel­lect, a quick wit and leg­endary tal­ent for telling sto­ries. Many val­ued him as a men­tor and teacher. He in­spired and sup­ported my jour­ney in the law and com­mu­nity ser­vice. His legacy will live on. Ron Klein, for­mer mem­ber, U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives

On 10⁄ 20/ 18, Judge Ed­ward Rodgers passed away at 91. He was truly a great leader, a voice for those in need, a great friend of the Ur­ban League of Palm Beach County (ULPBC) and a role model for many. Judge Rodgers be­gan in the early 70’s ad­vo­cat­ing and es­tab­lish­ing the need for an Ur­ban League af­fil­i­ate in Palm Beach County. He was hon­ored with the ULPBC Life­time Achieve­ment Award in 2002. He was a trail­blazer on many fronts but will be re­mem­bered as the first black pros­e­cu­tor and Judge in Palm Beach County. A true ser­vant leader, Rest in Peace, job well done!

Chip LaMarca, mem­ber, Broward County Com­mis­sion

This week I par­tic­i­pated in my last com­mis­sion meet­ing as a Broward County Com­mis­sioner. It has been my priv­i­lege and the honor of my life­time to be the voice for the res­i­dents of Dis­trict 4 and Broward County. Over the past eight years as a mem­ber of the County Com­mis­sion we achieved sev­eral great vic­to­ries for Broward County fam­i­lies, busi­nesses and vis­i­tors. By work­ing to­gether these vic­to­ries have shaped our com­mu­nity and have as­sisted in mak­ing Broward County the best place to live, work, play, visit and raise a fam­ily. Thank you for the priv­i­lege of serv­ing you.

Ina Lee, owner, Trav­el­host Elite of Greater Fort Laud­erdale

It is un­con­scionable that Pres­i­dent

Trump blamed the me­dia for the anger in our coun­try that re­sulted in ex­plo­sive de­vices be­ing mailed to po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and other peo­ple who have been crit­i­cal of him. This same week, a man groped a woman on a plane, ex­cus­ing his be­hav­ior by the ex­am­ple of Trump. Ugly rhetoric and down­right lies from our pres­i­dent are stok­ing the flames of ha­tred and dis­cord. Why will those clos­est to him and the ma­jor­ity of Repub­li­can elected of­fi­cials not take ac­tion?

Michael A. Bar­nett, chair­man, Repub­li­can Party of Palm Beach County

Repub­li­cans should be en­cour­aged by the vote tal­lies re­ported from the Florida Divi­sion of Elec­tions. GOP en­thu­si­asm is high; 41,000 more Repub­li­can vote-by-mail bal­lots have been cast com­pared to Demo­crat bal­lots. In past midterm elec­tions, we Repub­li­cans de­feated our­selves by stay­ing home. But now Repub­li­cans are turn­ing out the vote be­cause we now have lead­ers in Congress, em­bold­ened by the Pres­i­dent’s courage, chal­leng­ing left-wing ex­trem­ism, de­fend­ing the Pres­i­dent’s agenda, con­firm­ing Ka­vanaugh, and cham­pi­oning con­ser­va­tive prin­ci­ples. This high GOP en­ergy we’re see­ing bodes well for Ron DeSan­tis and Rick Scott. Blue wave, meet the Red Tsunami.

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