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Boca Raton has serious traffic issues. Andy Thomson has the professional background and leadership experience to bring solutions.
- A proven problem solver who is already working on traffic solutions with the Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Has a degree in engineering, worked in a civil engineering firm, and has experience in urban and transportation planning and traffic studies
- Will work to oversee the use of the County’s 1-penny sales tax and ensure funding goes to solving Boca’s transportation issues
- Growing up, Andy enjoyed coming to Boca’s parks and beaches and he will ensure our families can easily do the same
Andy Thomson has the engineering, legal, and consensus-building experience needed to serve Boca Raton. Watch the video below to hear Andy discuss his plans and don’t forget to vote Andy Thomson for Boca Raton City Council, Seat B!
Sun Sentinel Endorses Andy Thomson for City Council
The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board has endorsed Andy Thomson for Boca Raton City Council, Seat B. When discussing the qualities needed in a council member (“even temperament, good sense and perspective”) the Sun Sentinel states that they “see the most potential for such a council member in Andy Thomson.”
They write that Thomson “has the broadest appeal. He got the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s endorsement, but he stresses the need to protect neighborhoods and retain the quality of life for young families like his, who like Boca Raton’s dynamic.”
Don’t forget to vote Andy Thomson for City Council on your vote by mail ballot or at the polls on Tuesday, March 14th!
For Boca Raton City Council, Thomson| Endorsement
By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board
March 1, 2017
Three qualified candidates are running for Seat B on the Boca Raton City Council. But let’s talk first about the person who has the seat now.
That would be Mike Mullaugh, who’s term-limited. Of all five council members, Mullaugh often says the most while speaking the least. He displays even temperament, good sense and perspective. We see the most potential for such a council member in Andy Thomson.
On his Sun Sentinel questionnaire, Thomson noted the strident criticism of the council regarding development and the Wildflower property. “Too often,” Thomson wrote, “some people lose sight of how good we really have it in Boca Raton … Many cities in South Florida are struggling with how to reduce their crime rate or address the sober home epidemic. In Boca Raton, however, our most intense debate centered on whether to have a park or a high-end restaurant on a prime piece of waterfront real estate.”
Thomson, a lawyer, is running against Emily Gentile and Andrea O’Rourke. They agree on many issues. The proposed 2,500 residential units for the Midtown area are too many. The $24 million offer from Lennar for the Ocean Breeze golf course is too high. The council should conduct public evaluations of City Manager Leif Ahnell and City Attorney Diana Grub Frieser every year. Downtown needs better amenities and a shuttle service.
That waterfront ordinance, however, separates the candidates. Gentile and Thomson favored the restaurant, which could have brought the city tens of millions in lease payments over 45 years and which the ordinance will prevent. O’Rourke said the ordinance would “protect Boca’s waterfront parks,” even though no park was proposed for the property. Even now, O’Rourke refers to “Wildflower Park.” In fact, the council has not decided on a use for the property.
The anti-growth BocaWatch website favored the ordinance. O’Rourke spent a year as BocaWatch’s editor and is the only candidate to have received money from BocaWatch Publisher — and mayoral candidate — Al Zucaro, his wife and their business entities. O’Rourke seeks appeal beyond the Golden Triangle neighborhood where she lives and where many residents agree with BocaWatch, but it’s a tough balancing act.
Gentile tries to contrast herself with O’Rourke by saying, “I’m not a provincial candidate.” But Gentile also notes that few council members have lived on the beach, as she does. At the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations forum and before the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Gentile seemed too dismissive of other views. Gentile acknowledged that she can come off as “stiff.”
O’Rourke and Gentile criticize Thomson for running only a few months after moving into the city, but Thomson lived just across the city line for several years. And as he notes, O’Rourke claims to be a 37-year resident of Boca Raton, but she includes time in the neighborhood outside the city where Thomson lived. Thomson also has served on several civic boards.
All council seats are at-large, so all council members represent the entire city. We believe that Thomson has the broadest appeal. He got the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s endorsement, but he stresses the need to protect neighborhoods and retain the quality of life for young families like his, who like Boca Raton’s dynamic. The Sun Sentinel endorses Andy Thomson for Boca Raton City Council Seat B.
When I filed to run for City Council, my wife Joanna and I discussed what that would mean for our family, and we came to a decision together. Check out this video with the backstory of how I decided to run, why I feel this election is so important for the future of Boca Raton, and why I am the right person for the job.
Don’t forget to Vote Andy Thomson for City Council, Seat B!
Thank you for your consideration.
I’ve received another major endorsement in my campaign for Boca Raton City Council! I am truly humbled to have the support of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC) Voters Alliance.
I am extremely proud of all the endorsements I have received thus far in my campaign, but the most important endorsement is yours. I ask that you please vote Andy Thomson for City Council on your vote-by-mail ballot or at the polls on March 14th.
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The Boca Raton FOP Endorses Andy Thomson for Boca Raton Council
The Boca Raton Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Andy Thomson for Boca Raton Council, Seat B.
The Fraternal Order of Police is a respected organization, known for its dedication to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those who serve our country through education, legislation, and public service.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police and proud that they believe I am the best candidate to serve our residents of Boca Raton. They recognize that my professional background, leadership experience and dedication to our community are qualities that we need on our Council,” said Andy Thomson.
The Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches has endorsed Andy for City Council.
That’s three endorsements in row – our chamber, firefighters and now our local realtors.
In their endorsement, the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches stated:
“Andy Thomson is a business litigation attorney in Boca Raton. In this role, his goal is to bring two opposing sides together to find an agreement that works for both parties. This will be his philosophy when in office. With a background in urban planning, Andy knows what smart growth in downtown Boca Raton should look like. He has extensive knowledge of Realtor® issues, a great vision for the Federal Highway corridor, and a grasp on the Boca Teeca golf course issue.”
Let’s keep the momentum going. Add your name to Andy’s growing list of supporters and endorse him for Boca Raton City Council. Endorse online right here!
Another major endorsement! I am proud to announce that I have received the endorsement of the Firefighters and Paramedics of Boca Raton in my campaign for City Council. Every day, the men and women of our local first responders work to keep us safe. I’m honored by their support.
On the City Council, you can trust that I will make public safety a priority. This means working with our firefighters so they have the training and resources they need to keep us safe, as well as ensuring our City is prepared for any natural or man-made disasters. As a father, there is nothing more important than the safety of my family. And on the Council, I will work just as hard to keep our streets, neighborhoods and community safe.
To keep the momentum going, I need your help. Please join our team and endorse my campaign online today –http://andyforboca.com/
By: Boca Tribune
Earlier this week, the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s BLU-PAC (Business Leaders United for Boca Raton – PC, Inc.) announced their first endorsement of the 2017 Municipal Race, as they endorsed Any Thomson for City Council Seat B.
“I am honored by the endorsement of BLU-PAC and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce,” said Thomson. “My business experience as a problem solver and track record of public service make me the most qualified candidate running for Boca Raton City Council Seat B. At the end of the day, we are One City with One Voice and I have the vision needed to represent all of Boca Raton. Together, we can take on our City’s toughest challenges and ensure Boca Raton is moving in the right direction.”
BLU-PAC was created in 2006 to help Boca Raton Chamber members to better support state and local candidates who share their views on important issues.
According to the BLU-PAC website, “the most effective way to protect your economic rights is to elect those candidates who adhere to this philosophy. As a rule, strength in numbers is the guiding force behind the success of an organization like BLU-PAC. Only together can we make a difference.”
“Andy will bring the right business experience, innovative thinking and passion for our great city,” said the BLU-PAL board. “More importantly, he will provide the leadership needed to keep Boca Raton moving forward.”
Thomson is running against Emily Gentile, and Andrea O’Rourke for City Council Seat B. The Boca Raton Tribune will soon announce its Candidate Forum that will take place in February which will be free for all Boca Raton residents to come out and participate in getting to know their candidates!
Boca Raton, FL – On September 9, 2016, local attorney and community advocate Andy Thomson announced his intent to run for the Boca Raton City Council. Andy is seeking the open City Council Seat B currently held by Councilman Michael Mullaugh, who is not running for re-election. The election for Boca Raton City Council will be held in March 2017.
“Boca Raton is a world-class city with strong, safe neighborhoods, a vibrant business climate and beautiful parks, beaches and recreational areas. As a father, business leader, and community advocate, I am running for Boca Raton City Council to protect the Boca Raton we all know and love and preserve our community for future generations,” said Andy Thomson.
Andy Thomson is Senior Counsel at Baritz & Colman LLP in Boca Raton and focuses his work in the area of business litigation and dispute resolution. Andy Thomson has experience in bringing people together and finding common sense solutions to solve complicated and complex issues.
“I bring a unique experience to the City Council. My business background, community involvement, and understanding of the issues make me the most qualified candidate running. I look forward to working with our community and Council to keep Boca Raton moving forward,” Andy Thomson stated.
Licensed to practice law in Florida and before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Andy has extensive legal and business experience, ranging from large worldwide organizations to small local businesses and individuals. Andy’s pro bono work with local companies and individuals has impressed on him the importance of giving back to his community to help make a difference in people’s lives.
Thomson was recognized as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers from 2013-2016 and was recently awarded the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s Non-Profit Award. Andy has been a guest lecturer at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education and the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Guardianship Training Program. In 2015, the New Leaders Council named Thomson as a member of the 2015 Palm Beach Fellows.
Andy Thomson currently serves on the board of directors of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Bell Education Foundation, the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Palm Beach Division, and on the advisory councils for the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers in Boca Raton and the Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Thomson also serves as a Community Captain for the annual Boca Raton Bowl.
Andy is a product of Boca Raton – his parents met while attending Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of public schools, played football at Georgia Tech where he earned a degree in electrical engineering, and attended the University of Miami Law School where he received his J.D. Andy and his wife, Joanna, have three young children.
“The Boca Raton municipal election that will be held on March 7th 2017 already has a list of candidates. Earlier this year Mayor Susan Haynie filed to run for re-election. Council Member Scott Singer was reportedly considering a run for Mayor. However, early last week he filed to run for re-election to Seat A. On September 9, Boca Raton attorney, Andy Thomson, stopped by City Hall to file his preliminary paperwork to run for Seat B. He joins Andrea Levine O’Rourke and Emily Gentile, each of whom filed to run for Seat B.”
Read more here: http://www.bocaratontribune.com/bocaratonnews/2016/09/boca-beat-99/
The Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation announced Chuck Stout as its chairman of the board. Stout is executive vice president, CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Inc. Other additions to the board include Mary Sol Gonzalez, Image360; Andy Thomson, Proskauer Rose LLP.; Jennifer Jager, Plum Productions; Lise Orr, Minuteman Press; and Tara Ryan, Modernizing Medicine.
Read more here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/careers/fl-people-on-the-move-0306-20160303-story.html