Broward School Board Members Leading Charge For Casino Amendment 3

Voters In Charge, a political committee behind Florida Amendment 3, has announced it’s Democrat-filled Broward campaign committee. Funded with millions from The Walt Disney Company and The Seminole Tribe, Amendment 3 would take the power to approve new casinos away from the Florida Legislature. While Voters In Charge says voters would get the final say, it’s likely the $10 million from Mickey Mouse and The Hard Rock folks would not be ignored.

Since all issues related to local schools have been solved, it’s no surprise that Broward School Board Members Robin Bartleman, and Donna Korn are part of the Amendment 3 Committee. Oh wait, in just the last week, one Broward student brought a loaded gun to school, another student stabbed a classmate with scissors and a teacher was arrested for planning to have sex with a minor. So why get involved with a gaming amendment?

With Fort Lauderdale’s sewer, water and homelessness issues solved, City Commissioner Ben Sorenson has plenty of time to worry about Fan Duel opening up shop in Broward. What? Those issues still exist?

At least Plantation Mayor Diane Bendekovic is heading into retirement. With the great job she’s done to address crime, traffic and development issues in Plantation, Voters In Charge is lucky to have Bendekovic. Huh? You’re saying crime and traffic are still huge issues in west Broward? Oh well.

It’s a good thing the rest of the Broward committee is made up of Democrats. According to the group’s website, Broward Democrat Chair Cynthia Busch is in charge of the regional office.

Here’s the press release:



LAUDERDALE, FL—Voters in Charge, the political committee sponsoring the statewide Yes on 3 campaign, today continued unveiling its local leadership committees. Members of local leadership committees include community, business, law enforcement and religious leaders throughout the state who are committed to ensuring that Florida voters are put in charge of casino gambling decisions in Florida. Today the campaign proudly announces its local leadership in Broward County. The list consists of a diverse group of prominent community leaders, business owners, and elected officials from both sides of the aisle.

Broward County Committee Members:

The Honorable Diane Bendekovic, Mayor of Plantation and Former Educator

The Honorable Ben Sorenson, Fort Lauderdale City Commission

The Honorable Richard Rosenzweig, Former Commissioner Deerfield Beach

The Honorable Donna Pilger Korn, Broward County School Board

The Honorable Robin Bartleman, Broward County School Board

Richard Hoye, First Vice Chair Broward Democratic Party and Broward County Public School Teacher

Jeff Pole, Second Vice Chair, Broward Democratic Party

August Mangenay, President of the Margate Democratic Club

Mitchell Stollberg, Chair, Legislative Committee, Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida

Anthony Quackenbush, Democratic Professionals Network

Laurie Plotnick, Democratic Party Area Leader Coral Springs, Former Educator and Principal

Amendment 3 ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling in the State of Florida. Recent polling shows that more than 70 percent of Florida voters support this amendment. Amendment 3 enjoys bipartisan support and has been endorsed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida League of Women Voters, and the Florida Conference of the NAACP, among others.

“We are thrilled to have the support of so many pillars of the community for this important amendment,” said Voters in Charge Chairman John Sowinski. “For most of our lifetimes, decisions about casino gambling were left up to the voters. It is past time to return that right to Floridians and take it away from politicians and special interest groups in Tallahassee.”

For more information about the Yes on 3 campaign, including a local contact and regional office, please visit

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