While the final day for Boca Raton residents to register to vote fast approaches on February 12th, candidates for the March 13th elections continue their race for city council seats C and D. The heated discussion remains on the issues of overdevelopment and school overcrowding, and each candidate presents a different view on which voters will make a decision as election day comes near.
Recently, on January 19th, we welcomed city council seat D candidate, Armand Grossman, here at The Boca Voice for our Fact or Fiction Fridays segment, where he revealed strong ties to this “fabulous city” and feeling “eager to serve.” Today, we present a brief background on Grossman’s qualifications as well as his vision for the city and its community.
Grossman shares his vision for Boca Raton, saying: “I believe in limited government, low taxes, and good schools,” during a recent interview with the Boca Voice. Grossman places great significance on his ties to the city. It is his “strong, deep roots in this community,” he told us, which sets him apart from other candidates and which qualifies him at a more personal level as a long time Boca resident.
Grossman arrived at Boca Raton in 1965 as a student at Florida Atlantic University, notes his website’s biography. He was a member of FAU’s inaugural class when the university first opened and, since then, “developed a long-standing, highly distinguished affiliation with Boca Raton and Florida Atlantic University.” As such, he became involved with the university both during the completion of his degree and afterward, contributing to various projects that would also benefit the Boca community, including the development of the new Medical school, the building of the campus stadium, and founding the Student Government Association and the student newspaper that we know as The Atlantic Sun.
On the topics of development and education, two words stand-out: growth and collaboration. He believes in “reasonable, sustainable growth,” he told us since a flat-out “no” to development is not feasible to our growing community. According to BocaWatch, furthermore, Grossman opposed last year’s citizen referendum preserving all Intracoastal Waterfront parks for recreation. It is public safety, he said to us, however, not parks and recreation, which is the most important of our municipal services. The “public safety department and a good fire rescue” is fundamental to a “vibrant municipality,” Grossman observed.
His experience as a former educator also makes him familiar with the school system. He is a former instructor at FAU, Northwood University, and Miami Northwestern Senior High School. As such, he has identified the problem of schools overcrowding as an issue of communication: “collaboration between the city and school district” is the key, he said.
On February 1st of this year, Grossman held a kick-off fundraiser at Biergardten that according to his Facebook page attracted hundreds of supporters. He ended his interview with us here at The Boca Voice promising to “always be responsive to the public.”
Just a few more days are left for the closing of voting registration, for those who have not registered yet, as the February 12th deadline approaches. Stay informed of the facts and the issues that affect you the most. We will continue to keep you informed with information as it becomes available.