Chip LaMarca “Happy To Provide Google Map” For Opponents Who Live Outside District 93

Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca told REDBROWARD he would be “happy to provide a Google Map” with directions to his Democrat opponents for the Florida House District 93 seat. Why do Emma Collum and Stephanie Myers need a map to find District 93? According to voter registration documents and property records, neither woman actually lives in District 93. Serving first as a Lighthouse Point City Commissioner, then as a Broward County Commissioner, LaMarca has served residents of District 93 for nearly 15 years.

Republican George Moraitis, a Fort Lauderdale resident, currently holds the District 93 seat. Due to term limits, Moraitis is unable to seek another term. So why are Collum and Myers running for a seat in a district which they don’t reside?

Simple.

Collum and Myers live in District 94 which is represented by fellow Democrat Bobby DuBose.

Neither political newcomer would stand a chance of unseating DuBose, so they have decided to play the residency game.

BROWARD DEMOCRATS LOVE THE RESIDENCY GAME

In April 2013, this reporter revealed Perry Thurston claimed to be living with a convicted felon in a small home in Lauderhill, rather than with his wife and children in the two-story home they own outside his House district. Broward County Property Appraiser records show Thurston owns a two-story home with his wife in Plantation in Florida House District 99.

Subsequent investigations by this reporter found other local politicians playing the residency game. The list included State Senator Maria Sachs, Rep. Lori Berman, Palm Beach Supervisor Of Elections Susan Bucher, Rep. Joseph Gibbons, Rep. Jared Moskowitz, Rep. Hazelle Rogers and County Commissioner Dale Holness.

According to Section 15, Article III of the Florida Constitution requires state legislators to live in the districts they represent.

By January 2014, the investigations by this reporter resulted in proposed legislation to force compliance with the Florida Constitution. Lawyers for the Florida House and Florida Senate released a memorandum outlining the Legislature’s authority to develop a “clear set of principles to evaluate the residency of its members in the event of a properly-filed challenge.” The Florida Constitution requires legislators to “be an elector and resident of the district from which he or she is elected.”

According to state records, Stephanie Myers is registered to vote at her home located in District 94.

State and local records show Emma Collum has never lived in District 93 since moving to Florida.

Records show Collum, a New York lawyer, has lived at three different addresses in Plantation. The City of Plantation is definitely not in District 93.

According to her campaign website, Collum and her husband, “reside in in Downtown Fort Lauderdale with their rescue dog Daisy.” Collum is registered to vote at a “downtown Fort Lauderdale” address, but the condominium lies with District 94 not District 93. (Records show Collum’s husband is still registered to vote at Plantation address).

Are no Democrats living in District 93 willing to run for office? Will Myers and Collum move into District 93 any time soon?

Troubled Former BSO Deputy Running For FL State House

"I'm Still Standing" By Raymond Hicks
“I’m Still Standing” By Raymond Hicks

Democrat Raymond L. Hicks wants to represent the citizens of District 92 in the Florida House. Hicks filed for the crowded race on Monday. Hicks, a former BSO deputy, may have a hard time explaining his troubled past to voters.

Hicks gained notoriety in May 2013 after posting videos on YouTube. According to published reports, Hicks made cryptic remarks about mass shootings. Hicks was taken into custody via the Baker Act after stating he did not want to be the “next Christopher Dorner,” a former Los Angeles cop who went on a killing spree in 2013.

“I’m asking you as a viewer who is watching this video to please, please, please help me,” Hicks said. “I went and bought an AK with 180 rounds and I told my mom, you might as well get in a black dress because I can’t take this anymore,” he said. “… I don’t know how much more I can take. I don’t want to be the next Christopher Dorner.

Reports claimed Hicks was upset Broward Sheriff Scott Israel did not rehire him. Hicks lost his job in 2000 after being arrested on Federal charges of operating an interstate cocaine trafficking ring. Hicks was acquitted in 2001.

Since then, Hicks has filed numerous lawsuits against BSO including one to get his gun and ammunition, which were seized during the Baker Act incident, returned to him.

For those interested in Hicks’ story, you may want to read his autobiography, “I’m Still Standing” available at Amazon.com. Calling himself a “modern-day Serpico,” Hicks writes, “I’M STILL STANDING is the story of a man whose idea of duty put him in conflict with the powers that be, and how he endured the injustice of false charges and wrongful incarceration, turning bad providence into spiritual growth.” Sixteen reviews give Hicks’ book 5-stars.

Boca College Kid Running Against State Rep. George Moraitis

Douglas Oberman, via Facebook
Douglas Oberman, via Facebook

A twenty-one FAU junior is running against State Rep. George Moraitis for a seat in the Florida House. Douglas Morgan Oberman, a Democrat, is running for the District 93 seat. Like most 21 year old college kids, Oberman details his life experience on social media.

Originally from Illinois, Oberman enrolled at FAU three years ago. Under “work,” Oberman lists “candidate for Florida House of Representatives.” According to his Facebook page, Oberman adopted a cat last year.

When Oberman posted a picture of his campaign flyer, a Facebook friend asked, “is this a joke?”

"is this a joke?"
“is this a joke?”

Oberman is huge Bernie Sanders fan. He took to Facebook after somebody scribbled a four-letter word on his Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. Oberman wrote, “I’m not mad at you for having your opinions against Bernie. I’m not mad at you for being most likely a conservative. But I’m disappointed in you.” (sniff)

In a University Press story from September, Oberman explained his fondness for Bernie Sanders. “I believe that if we want change, and if we want to send a message to Washington and say that they cannot mess with our rights as individuals to express ourselves and our full political and social potential, it’s time to send Bernie Sanders,” Oberman said. “If we want to say ‘no’ to big businesses taking away our rights, and ‘no’ to a corrupt campaign and finance system that allows billionaires to buy elections: Bernie Sanders.”

No word if Oberman will transfer to FSU if elected.

Doug Oberman, via Facebook
Doug Oberman, via Facebook
Doug Oberman via Facebook
Doug Oberman via Facebook