After the hand recount on Thursday, Hallandale Beach Commissioner Anabelle Lima Taub maintained her lead over challenger Cynthia Cabrera. It took dozens of workers about an hour to sort through more than 14,000 ballots cast in the Seat 3 race. Cabrera picked up just one vote.
Despite being a political newcomer, Cynthia Cabrera had an army of lobbyists and elected officials observing the recount. Lobbyist Evan Ross appeared to coordinate the volunteer forces which included Hallandale Beach Commissioner Michele Lazarow, disgraced former Broward County Commissioner Scott Cowan and State Representative Joe Geller. Cabrera told the Broward canvassing board that Geller was her legal representative.
Lima Taub was represented by attorney Barbara Stern.
According to four witnesses, Hallandale Beach Commissioner Michele Lazarow called two young black campaign workers “hoodlums” at early voting on Tuesday. A volunteer working for a non-Hallandale Beach candidate told REDBROWARD that Lazarow called the men “hoodlums” after they spoke with a worker for Hallandale Beach Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub. Lazarow and her controversial lobbyist/consultant Evan Ross have attacked Lima-Taub for more than a year for her support of Hallandale Beach Police among other issues.
After asking this reporter if he was drinking, Lazarow said the men were lying. Lazarow denied calling them “hoodlums.” Both men were six feet away from Lazarow when she made her denial.
A frustrated Lazarow decided to flee the scene instead of discussing the matter further with the witnesses.
Of note, Lazarow handed her campaign materials to Hallandale Beach candidate Cynthia Cabrera.
Cabrera is running against Lima-Taub. She is featured prominently in attacks on Lima-Taub by a political committee operated by Evan Ross.
Earlier Tuesday, Cabrera told REDBROWARD she has no relationship with Evan Ross, his committee or Michele Lazarow.