Thursday, September 6, 2012

Broward's Political Family Ties: Look Who's Related

Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober is the brother of Broward Circuit Judge Bernie Bober.
Broward’s Property Appraiser
Lori Parrish
is married to Geoffrey Cohen, Broward circuit judge.
 Broward County Commissoner
Stacy Ritter
is the daughter of the former
Tamarac mayor, Ed Portner, and is married to lobbyist Russ Klenet.
Tourism czar and former County Commissioner
Nicki Grossman
is married to Broward Circuit Judge Mel Grossman, and her sister, Patti Englander Henning, is also a Broward
circuit judge.
State Sen. Chris Smith is married to Lauderhill Assistant City Manager Desorae Giles-Smith.
State Rep. Franklin Sands is the stepdad of lobbyist and Democratic fundraiser Alex Heckler.

Barbra Stern, a former state representative candidate recently appointed to the Florida Elections Commission, is the daughter of Judy Stern, a Broward lobbyist and political consultant.
Broward Commissioner Ilene Lieberman, who is running for county judge, is married to Stuart Michelson, a former city attorney for Sunrise.
Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom is running for the Broward County Commission seat of her husband, Broward Mayor John Rodstrom.

Jennifer Gottlieb, who resigned last fall as a Broward school board member, is married to former state Rep. Kenneth Gottlieb, now a county judge.
Former Plantation Mayor Rae Carol Armstrong is married to Tom Armstrong, who served in the state House.
Former longtime Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle is married to Broward Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips.
Dania City Commission candidate Carolyn Jones tried to get elected to the seat vacated by her husband, Albert Jones, in 2010, when he was appointed to Broward County Commission.
Broward Circuit Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren is the ex-wife of Chris Wren, Fort Lauderdale’s former planning director and now the director of the Downtown Development Authority.
Superlobbyist George Platt now is grooming his son, Seth Platt, as a lobbyist in County Hall.
Plantation Mayor Diane Bendekovic Veltri is the daughter of longtime Plantation Mayor Frank Veltri.
State Rep. Evan Jenne of Dania Beach is the son of Ken Jenne, a former Broward county commissioner, state senator and sheriff.

State Rep. Martin “Marty” Kiar, a Broward County Commission candidate, is the son of Monroe Kiar, a former Davie town councilman and mayor.
State Rep. Jim Waldman of Coconut Creek is the ex-husband of Broward lobbyist Aleida “Ali” Waldman, and the brother of developer Andrew Waldman.

Hayward J. Benson Jr., Lauderhill city commissioner, is the father of Hollywood City Manager Cameron Benson, who resigned last summer.
Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness of Lauderhill campaigned last year for his cousin, Jeptha “Jeff” Holness, a candidate for Plantation City Council. He lost.
Former state Rep. and Broward County Commission candidate Tim Ryan is the son of former state representative and state senator A.J. “Red” Ryan Jr., and is the grandson of A.J. Ryan Sr., who was a Hollywood commissioner. Ryan’s brother, Christopher Ryan, is city attorney for Pembroke Park.
Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart dropped from the seat in 2010, prompting his brother U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, to switch districts and win his Broward-Dade District 21 seat.
Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Romney Rogers’ grandfather, Dwight Rogers, was a state representative and U.S. congressman, who was replaced in Congress after his death by Paul Rogers, Dwight’s brother.
Coral Springs Mayor Roy Gold’s brother is Broward Circuit Judge Marc H. Gold.
West Park Mayor Eric Jones is the father of Shevrin Jones, a Broward County commission candidate in 2010.
Lauderdale Lakes City Manager Jonathan Allen is the son of Broward lobbyist W. George Allen.
Former Broward-Dade state Sen. Dan Gelber is the son of former judge and Miami Beach Mayor Seymour Gelber.
Former U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Broward-Dade’s District 17 was elected to the seat his mother, U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, held.
State Sen.
Nan Rich’s daughter is Broward School Board member
Laurie Levinson.
State Rep. Perry Thurston’s uncle, Ken Thurston, is a Lauderhill city commissioner.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and County Judge Edward Merrigan are brothers-in-law.
Broward Circuit Judges Paul Backman and Arlene Simon Backman are married.
Former state Sen. Steve Geller of Hollywood is the brother of Joe Geller, former mayor of North Bay Village.
Parkland Commissioner Jared Moskowitz is the son of super lobbyist Mike Moskowitz.

Broward Circuit Judge Dale Ross is the father of Circuit Judge Stacy Ross.
Broward County Judge candidate Michael Ian Rothschild is running for the seat of his father, Judge Ronald Rothschild


  1. Arlene Bechman is a bad judge, she do whatever she want, because she can get away with it. Arlene, remember God sees everything we do. KARMA ! It's a shame on how they are doing the justice system. How can we get Justice.

  2. Arlene, if you want to be a better Judge, you should take notes from Judge Ehrlich. My tip for you is, pay attention in your court room, before you make your rulings.

    1. I do not know if Judge Arlene Backman is just plain careless or she has a private agenda. I am glad I am not the only one complaining about the fact that she does not FKFJKDFJS pay attention or rules THE WAY SHE WANTS TO.........

    2. Have you seen Arlene Backman eyes? No wonder why she's evil!

  3. Wow! Now I know how Stacy Ross becomes a Judge, and she's young too. Daddy got her the position. Tip for you, don't take any bribes, take some notes from Judge Ehrlic too and you'll be fine


    2. Her husband is a judge too, she should be a stay home mom...

  4. Arlene Backman should be fired. I know what she did

  5. Judge Arlene Simon Backman is THE ALL TIME WORST of judges, that is my oponion based on the ruling she made about a year ago where there was fraud all over my case. She ruled against me and when I appealed, she made the same mistake all over again, except for the fact that she failed to notify me and ruled without sending me a notice to appear. Try calling her office and you always get an answering machine. Of course, who cares, she is married to another judge and life goes on in the Sunshine State. People are too busy taking care of their families and nobody gives a rats ass anymore.