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I’m Daniel Foganholi and I am excited to be running for city commissioner in Coral Springs. I am currently serving on the Broward county school board (Dristrict 5), appointed by Governor Ron Desantis. Our country is going through a difficult time. Instead of trying to work together to solve the difficult problems facing us, many have retreated to our respective corners and won’t even engage with the other side. Instead of divisive rhetoric that only serves to divide us, I want to get back to the days when we treated each other with respect and worked to tackle issues together.  That is what my candidacy is about. I am the first generation American son of immigrants from Brazil who came to the United States with a dream of making a better life for their children. I was raised in Florida and have had the privilege of living in Coral Springs since 1997. I have a beautiful wife, Alyssa, and we are happily married and raising an energetic toddler named Daniel Jr. Coral Springs, Florida is where I met my wife Alyssa. I attended Ramblewood Middle School and Coral Springs Charter before attending Florida Atlantic University to earn certificates in Marketing and Business management. It was during this time that I honed my passion for helping people and being involved in the community. Getting involved with my church, organizations Habitat for humanity & Feeding America. I am also the Director of Legislative Affairs for New Generation Children's Ministry as well as the Director for Strategic Partnerships for BRAUSA (American Brazilian Coalition). 

This community has given so much to my family and me and I want to give back to it. Though we are going through uncertain times right now, I still have faith in God, and truly believe that THE BEST IS YET TO COME. Our families are young, diverse, and we are growing. While growth is certainly good, I think we need to do a better job of engaging everyone to ensure that our part of Florida is the best place to live, work and raise a family. I believe that now representation means more than ever before. That is why I’m excited for this next chapter and opportunity to be your city commissioner.  Let’s build together. I hope that I can earn your trust,  and your vote and your faith in me as we work to continue to build and grow together.

Many have asked me the question of WHY ARE YOU running? It’s probably the most basic but important question you can ask a person seeking public office. Quite simply, I want to serve a community that has given so much to me and my family. In a time where nearly everything is considered divisive, I want to work on being a representative for EVERYONE and bring people together.

 

The next question I am usually asked is WHY SHOULD I VOTE FOR YOU? It really aligns with the first question. I like helping people. I want people to feel included. I want everyone, regard- less of background to get a fair shot. I want to make a positive, lasting impact on this community— not just show up a few months before election time to give you a few nice words so that you’ll cast a vote for me. I was always taught to leave a place better than when I found it, and your vote will give me the opportunity to do just that.

 

I believe in order to leave it better than I found out that we must put a special emphasis on families and the backbone of our communities— small businesses. By getting rid of red tape and senseless regulations we can stimulate the economy by allowing small businesses to keep more of their hard earned money that has proven to be invested back into our communities through business improvements and higher wages for Floridians.

 

In addition to that, it is clear that Florida is growing. Many young people and their families move to our state for a variety of reasons. Florida is such an attractive place to live that the most recent census showed that our population grew nearly 15%. But I know we can do even better during the next census if we embrace the fact that our state is getting younger and more diverse. We have a lot of things going for us in the city, but I will never stop striving to find ways that we can make Coral Springs an even better place to live, work and play for our families.

 

That leads to the overarching theme of my campaign which is unity. I will be a representative for all people, not just those who support my campaign or vote for me. There are many organizations spending a lot of money to drive us even further apart by focusing on what makes us different. I propose we focus on the things we have in common and what brings us together.

 

The issues I want to focus on in this campaign and as your City Commissioner are ones that are discussed at kitchen tables across our city. We need lower taxes to spur economic growth. We need to address the increase in violent crime and I believe we can do that in part by better funding our police department. And maybe most important, we need to ensure our children are getting a quality education and that begins by not just allowing, but encouraging parents to be more involved in their children’s education. I have also learned how much the city being involved with schools can make all the difference. 

 

There are some issues that some will just never agree about. But the vast majority of issues, especially with a willingness to sit down and have a conversation, can be solved in a bipartisan way. My experience in this beautiful country has shaped my beliefs, and anyone who has spent any amount of time around me knows that I am someone who doesn’t shy away from rolling up my sleeves to get things done. My name is Daniel Foganholi, I am running for City Commissioner in Coral Springs, and I hope I can count on your support. Thank you and God Bless America and the great State of Florida.

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