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O’Rourke draws crowd for personal campaign kickoff

Councilwoman Andrea Levine O’Rourke stood backdropped by a slide show with her constituents over the last three years.

Running for a second term on seat B, O’Rourke was introduced by her daughter and grandson. She asked her mother to stand. She did a shout-out to her husband George.

“Every face I see out there is someone I want to see hello to,” she said at her campaign kickoff at Crazy Uncle Mike’s.

And she did.

Councilwoman Andrea Levine O’Rourke

“Have you met my mother yet?” she would ask. She introduced supporters to each other. “This is Pat McCarthy,” she told Doreen and Robert Alrod.

The room was filled with the usual crowd for a campaign kickoff, people who do business or otherwise involved with the city.

“She’s got a lot of supporters,” her mom Betty Levine-Steinberg noticed, looking around the busy room.

But like Eric Gooden, most were in those slide show photos.

“No one in the history of Boca Raton has seen such positive and educated growth,” auctioneer Neil Saffer offered.

Supporters at Crazy Uncle Mike’s for Andrea Levine O’Rourke’s campaign kickoff

“My foundation is honoring Boca’s brand and maintaining what’s special about tour community,” O’Rourke told the crowd. “My final decisions are based on the greatest good.”

Her platform is: “responsible, sustained growth, safety, schools, infrastructure, mobility, environment and public art,” she said.

Artist Eve Reed and her husband Daniel Reed were in red, white and blue, the only costumes that evening. “She’s done a really great job. She supported the arts,” Eve said.

By Marci Shatzman

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