PARKLAND, FL- City Commissioner Stacy Kagan announced her candidacy for Parkland Mayor last week. Born in New York, Kagan has lived in South Florida since 1970, and has been a Parkland resident since 2004. Kagan has always been heavily involved in her community, including being a part of the League of Cities Texting Task Force and an alternate for the Broward League of Cities. She co-founded a Parkland-Coral Springs business group and is a Board Member for the YMCA.
Kagan shares her vision for Parkland in response to a series of questions from TAPinto Parkland below:
When did you decide to run for Mayor of Parkland?
When Parkland’s current mayor Christine Hunschofsky announced that she would be running for the Florida House of Representatives I made the decision to step forward. Serving as a City Commissioner for the past seven years has fully prepared me for the role. I have the requisite experience, commitment and drive to ensure that Parkland remains an incredible place for children, families and adults of all ages.
Has it (being Mayor) always been a goal of yours?
The idea of running for mayor was in the back of my mind for some time, but I wanted the timing to be right. Before committing to the job, I felt it was important to ensure that I would be able to dedicate 100 percent of my time and effort to serving the residents of this community that I love so much. Last year I sold my business, and my adult daughter has been out of the house pursuing a fantastic career of her own for a number of years, so this is truly the perfect moment to serve in this new role.
What are your first priorities for the city of Parkland?
The top priority for me is always safety: the safety of our residents and their families and the entire community. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the status quo and created a new normal for the city. We will continue to assess what steps must be taken to protect public health. Moving forward, we will continue our processes involving strategic planning and budgeting. In addition, we expect a very active hurricane season this year, so ensuring that the proper preparations are in place is of paramount importance.
How can people support you and your bid for Parkland Mayor?
I welcome the endorsement of those who believe that I have the proven leadership qualities and character to serve the people of Parkland as their mayor. If people want to get involved as a volunteer or host a virtual meeting with their friends to introduce us then I welcome that. I can be reached through Facebook or via my website at www.stacykaganforparkland.com.
What are the greatest needs currently for the city of Parkland?
The greatest needs are the issues that the people in the community care about and want addressed. Whenever someone has a concern or needs help, I move fast to get the answer, find a solution or connect them with the right person who can help. That has been my approach as a Commissioner and that will continue when I become Parkland’s mayor.
Over the past seven years, I amassed a voting record that shows I know how to get things done for Parkland’s residents in order to ensure that we remain the most desirable place to live in all of Florida.
What are Parkland's strengths?
There are too many to list! We are a place with incomparable spirit that brings us together in the worst of times and the best of times. This is a diverse community of resilient and engaged men and women who support our local businesses and take care of residents in need. We have beautiful homes, amazing park and recreation facilities and phenomenal Broward County schools in Parkland with amazing principals and educators. The Parkland Library and Parkland Recreation and Community Center feature programming for young children and families, but also offer so much for empty nesters, students in middle and high school and seniors. Our homeowner associations keep the community looking great, while Chief McNally of the Coral Springs/Parkland Fire Department and Captain Mulligan of the Broward Sheriff’s Office keep us safe.
Where do you see Parkland in 10 years?
A decade from now Parkland will be thriving. It will continue to be an amazing community that preserves its unique spirit while maturing in beauty and strength.
What are your political aspirations?
To be Parkland’s mayor. I have such pride and love for this city and it will be the honor of a lifetime to serve.