Hubert St. Clair appears to be another Broward candidate tied to controversial County Commissioner Dale Holness. St. Clair, a fifty-three year old Democrat from Coconut Creek, is challenging School Board Member Nora Rupert for the District 7 seat. In a brief telephone interview with RED BROWARD, St. Clair admitted close ties to Commissioner Holness.
“Dale Holness is my best friend,” St. Clair said, “when you find him you will find me.” St. Clair stated Holness was one of two individuals running his campaign. He said the campaign website was down temporarily, but he continues to spread his message. An 800 telephone number for the campaign has been temporarily disconnected. Jean Duval, another St. Clair adviser, promised to send a copy of the campaign platform.
St. Clair is the latest candidate tied to Dale Holness. In March, RED BROWARD reported Holness played a role in Carmen Jones’ campaign for the County Commission District 2 seat. Jones, a Pompano Beach community organizer, is Holness’ hand picked choice to join him on the dais. Holness said, “Carmen would be an excellent County Commissioner, as a product of north Broward with more than 20 years of fighting for community issues,” said County Commissioner Dale Holness, who has already endorsed Jones. “She has deep roots in Pompano Beach and Deerfield with her family roots dating back to the 1930s and she will be a great asset working for the people of Broward County.”
Rev. O’Neal Dozier, the conservative leader of the Worldwide Chrisitian Center in Pompano Beach, also endorsed Jones. He told RED BROWARD that two Republicans were involved with Jones. He said Broward Republican Executive Committee Secretary Carolyn Kennedy mentioned she spoke with Jones about a bid for the Pompano Beach city commission. Dozier said Jones told him she was approached by Holness and Commissioner Chip LaMarca about running for the county commission seat.
At the time, Buddy Nevins from BrowardBeat.com wrote the Jones candidacy is “more proof that County Commissioner Dale Holness wants to be King of Broward County government.” A Democrat insider told Nevins that Holness “wants to be the Go-To Guy in Broward. He wants the developers coming to him.”
Holness is highly involved in Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra Davis’ campaign for the County Commission. Davis is challenging Mayor Barbara Sharief. Holness and Davis were snapped in this picture from a May 2014 event in Miami.