In another move benefiting Broward Democrats, County Commissioner Chip LaMarca has appointed the former director of outreach services for Congressman Alcee Hastings to an important county committee. Beverly D. Perkins is LaMarca’s appointee to the Broward Consumer Protection Board. In addition to working for Hastings, Perkins was once the executive director of the Broward Democrat Party.
Broward elections records show Perkins is a registered Democrat. In April 2000, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Perkins had been named executive director of the Broward Democrat Party.”Broward can make a big difference this year by winning this state for [presumed president candidate Vice President] Al Gore,” Perkins said.
In August 1990, Perkins was the driving force to rename Hammondville Road after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.At the time, Perkins denied having political aspirations, although it appears she changed her mind. Perkins is a currently a candidate for the district four seat on the Pompano Beach commmission.
Perkins told RED BROWARD she hopes to bring a sense of “fairness” to the consumer board while protecting communities. Perkins said she was recently appointed by Nora Rupert to the Broward School Board diversity committee.
So, why would Chip LaMarca, the former chairman of the Broward Republican Party, appoint a former Broward Democrat official to a county board? Perkins’ said she met LaMarca and Broward Republican Secretary Carolyn Kennedy while working for Congressman Hastings.
This is not the first time LaMarca and Kennedy have been caught meddling in Pompano Beach politics.
Last March, a staunch conservative Pompano Beach minister revealed the roles LaMarca, Commissioner Dale Holness and Broward Republican Party Secretary Carolyn Kennedy played in getting Carmen Jones to run for the Broward County Commission District 2 seat.
In a lengthy telephone interview with The Daily Broward, Reverend O’Neal Dozier, the conservative leader of the Worldwide Christian Center Church of Pompano Beach, explained why he is supporting a Democrat in the Broward County Commission. Dozier said he supports Jones because her “principles in Christianity [are] solid.” He stated he wants Conservative Republicans to run and be elected but if none did, he would support a “Democrat running on the side of God.”
Dozier 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.
Last week, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported LaMarca gave Jones a $120 check for a community event.
Jones received a glowing endorsement from the controversial Holness. He said, “Carmen would be an excellent County Commissioner, as a product of north Broward with more than 20 years of fighting for community issues, 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.”