In addition to term-limits, I believe Coconut Creek should have district-wide elections. Unfortunately, city-wide (or at-large) elections encourage candidates to concentrate on the largest voting bloc and ignore people in their own neighborhoods and communities. In many cases, incumbents and challengers dedicate their time to a group of voters who don’t necessarily represent the majority of residents. District-wide elections allow the voters closest to the commissioner to decide. Therefore, there are consequences and accountability if a commissioner doesn’t represent their district; they no longer would have the luxury of disregarding their constituents for those outside of their district.
We need to work to assure our residents that their voices matter and the Commission has a responsibility to accommodate the schedules of our neighbors and residents throughout the community. We need to hear more voices and respond to the needs of neighbors more directly.