Delray Mayor Woody McDuffie just informed his colleagues on the Delray City Commission that he is filing today to run against Susan Bucher for the position of Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.
Mayor McDuffie’s email:
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:10 PM
To: Adam Frankel; Tom Carney; Angelita Gray; Jay Alperin
Subject: Breaking News
As I compose this e-mail Jonathan Cooper is filing my paperwork to run for
Supervisor of Elections. I will remain a Mayor until some time in January of 2013.
I wanted all of you to know before you heard it elsewhere.
Delray Beach Mayor Woodie McDuffie Files to Run for Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
West Palm Beach, FL – On March 22, Delray Beach Mayor Woodie McDuffie filed his intent to run for Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.
Woodie McDuffie has served the residents of Delray Beach as City Commissioner since 2007 and as Mayor since 2009. McDuffie brings a history of public service and a proven track record of accomplishments in his community. He also brings a professional record that would fit well as the Supervisor of Elections.
Woodie has a total of 42 years of intense information technology experience. He currently works as the Manager of Information Technologies at the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser. In his 18 years as manager, he increased the level of automation in that office to handle the increase in workload of 258,000 new parcels, and did so with zero staff growth. He has managed the calculation of values and taxes on up to 658,000 parcels of real property and 58,000 Personal Property Accounts to produce 18 consecutive flawless Tax Rolls in Palm Beach County.
Prior to joining the property appraiser’s office, Woodie McDuffie spent 21 years working for a Fortune 100 company and managed the entire State of Florida Public Sector District. During his tenure, he automated school districts, tax collectors, hospitals, municipalities, counties, state colleges and law enforcement offices from Key West to Pensacola.
“I believe I bring a blend of skills and experience that can greatly improve the leadership we currently have at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office. I can bring the management, operations, technical and political experience needed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and most importantly accuracy of the services provided by the Supervisor of Elections office,” McDuffie stated.
“Our citizens deserve to have confidence that our voting process is being safeguarded and properly managed. In addition, for too long Palm Beach County has had a blemished record of voting that has embarrassed the residents of our county and put us in a negative spotlight that hurts our county’s image, our economy and our integrity,” McDuffie continued.
McDuffie’s announcement comes on the heels of another Palm Beach County election malfunction that has resulted in lawsuits and mistrust in Wellington, again challenging our election system in Palm Beach County. Several election mishaps have occurred in the last four years under current Supervisor Susan Bucher.
In addition, McDuffie was impacted by delayed results during his own election for Mayor of Delray Beach in 2009. McDuffie and his supporters had to wait until nearly 11 pm for municipal election results to be posted properly for the local elections.
“We are one of the state’s largest counties and our voters are deciding on Presidential, Congressional and local elections, as well as important issues. They deserve to have their votes counted properly and the results provided in an accurate and timely manner,” McDuffie concluded.
Woodie McDuffie is a native of Delray Beach, a former Army Staff Sergeant, and holds a B.S. in Management Science from Florida Atlantic University. His is married to Cindy, who is a public school teacher, and they have two children. McDuffie is also a member of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce and serves on several boards including the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the South Florida East Coast Corridor Study.
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