A headcount of 207 poured into Maggiano’s Wednesday night for Councilman Andy Thomson’s campaign kickoff.
His first foray into politics was a squeaker. The last time supporters were in the same room after the August 2018 election, he left thinking he had lost. In fact, he won by 32 votes in a recount, Thomson said, standing on a chair.
He called his subsequent win “a gift,” and thanked his fellow council members. Mayor Scott Singer and Councilwoman Andrea O’Rourke are also running for re-election and were there. So was Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers. And a ton of kids. There was even a kids table. We met Andy and Joanna’s fourth addition, Charlotte Grace, who arrived in February.
A large contingent of firefighter/paramedics were there from their union.Tory Buckman said they plan to announce their endorsements soon.
Not surprisingly, other supporters were happy to be quoted.
“I’m endorsing him,” said Bill Hager, a former state rep and Boca deputy mayor.
“I like what he did with the golf course, getting other bids,” said David O. Johnson. He championed the second half of Hillsboro El Rio, the city’s newest park going up on 18th Street.
“The city of Boca’s a strong supporter of nonprofits,” said Vicki Katz, Faulk Center for Counseling’s CEO. The city budgets grants for nonprofits every year.
“I believe in Andy. He’s honest and sincere,” said commercial real estate broker Ingrid Fulmer.
“I’m blown away by the turnout,” Thomson said as people kept arriving.
Boca’s non-partisan municipal election is March 17, 2020, piggybacking on Florida’s presidential primary.
By Marci Shatzman