“As most of you know I have been a staunch supporter of Hazelle Rogers for over 20 years and I consider her a friend. She has decided to run for Broward County Commission District 9. The state requires that to run for another office you must resign from your current office. Mayor Rogers had a choice on what her effect day would be. #1. She could resign my November 7, 2022, and allow the citizen of Lauderdale lakes to vote on a new mayor of their choosing, or #2. She could resign after November 8, 2022, allowing the remaining commissioners to select the next mayor, and by doing this they would be allowed to select a new commissioner. Mrs. Rogers chose the second option thereby suppressing and denying the citizen of Lauderdale Lakes the right to choose their Mayor and Commissioner. This Country has had a history of disenfranchising voters by restricting and denying certain people the right to vote. Never in my wildest dreams did I think someone of African descent would show such disregard for our voting rights. But that is just what Mayor Rogers has done.
Because of her decision, I have decided that I cannot in good faith support her or anyone who would deny and suppress my vote.
Thank you Beverly Williams”Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Beverly Williams
Longtime Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Beverly Williams announced she will not support Hazelle Rogers’ bid to become the next Broward County Commissioner for District 9. Rogers, a career politician, currently serves as the Mayor of Lauderdale Lakes. In order to run for the County Commission seat, Rogers must resign her position in Lauderdale Lakes.
On June 2, 2022, Rogers announced her resignation effective November 21, 2022. According to Williams, Rogers’ resignation hurts Lauderdale Lakes residents. If Rogers resigned before November 8th, her open position would be on the ballot. By resigning on November 21st, Rogers’ replacement will be chosen by the Lauderdale Lakes Commission.
Williams said Rogers’ decision suppresses and disenfranchises Lauderdale Lakes voters.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think someone of African descent would show such disregard for our voting rights. But that is just what Mayor Rogers has done,” Williams said. “Because of her decision, I have decided that I cannot in good faith support her or anyone who would deny and suppress my vote.”
Williams and her husband, former Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Levoyd Williams, posted her statement on social media.
Some political insiders believe Hazelle Rogers chose the November 21st date with a plan in mind. They believe Rogers wants to handpick her successor.
All voters will have a say in the August 23rd open primary for District 9. Rogers is running against fellow Democrat Guithele Ruiz-Nicolas.