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Tax collector showdown: Former collector Carney challenges incumbent Gannon in Dem primary

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 by George Bennett

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Former Palm Beach County tax collector Peter Carney said today that he will challenge incumbent Tax Collector Anne Gannon in this year’s Democratic primary.

Carney, a real estate lawyer, was a Republican in 2006 when former Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him tax collector to replace retiring John Clark. Gannon defeated Carney in the general election that fall.

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Carney switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat about a year ago, saying at the time that the GOP had been “hijacked” by the tea party.

“Running for office really had not factored into my mind” when he switched, Carney said today. But, he said, “people have come up to me in the last two months and they encouraged me to run.”

Carney said he expects to raise more than $100,000 to run a competitive campaign. Gannon had raised $25,323 through the end of December.

Scott’s office email goes nutso, spams county tax collector

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 by John Kennedy

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon’s office said Friday it was sent more than 12,000 spam email message by Gov. Rick Scott after corresponding with his office about a resident’s issue.

Gannon’s spokeswoman, Max Sonnenschein, said the office was sent 12,658 auto-response emails acknowledging a message that a tax collector employee sent to the governor’s office on Thursday.

The auto-reply messages were sent to Gannon’s “client advocate” email address. The account normally receives about 100 messages a day.

“It is kind of funny,” Sonnenschein said. “Governor spams tax collector.”

Gannon’s staff said they contacted Scott’s office about the computer glitch this morning after the automatic messages stopped.

Lane Wright, a Scott spokesman, said technical staff at the governor’s office is trying to get to the bottom of the problem. But he conceded it may take time to resolve the cyberspace mystery.

“We’re looking into it,” Wright said. “But it may be Monday before we know what’s happened.”

                                                                                                                                                    —- Jennifer Sorentrue 

Official calls Florida gift-disclosure law ‘blatantly discriminatory’ against singles

Monday, November 14th, 2011 by George Bennett

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There are all kinds of milestones in a dating relationship, including, for public officials in Florida, that first quarterly Commission on Ethics report when you itemize any gifts worth more than $100 that your boyfriend or girlfriend gave.

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon complied, but told the county’s legislative delegation last week that the state’s disclosure laws are “intrusive” and “blatantly discriminatory” against single people.

Read about it in this week’s Politics column

Defying history, Palm Beach County Democrats ponder incumbent protection

Monday, September 5th, 2011 by George Bennett

As Palm Beach County’s Democratic Party considers a measure to protect incumbents from “unnecessary” primary challenges, it’s worth noting that some of the biggest local Democratic names of the last two decades were once outsiders who challenged incumbents in Democratic primaries.

Former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler first gained office by ousting Democratic incumbent Don Childers in a 1990 state Senate primary. Former U.S. Rep. Ron Klein‘s electoral debut was unseating Steve Press in a 1992 Democratic state House primary. County Commissioner Burt Aaronson won his seat by toppling Carole Phillips in a 1992 Democratic primary.

After giving up her state House seat in 1992 to pursue a failed congressional bid, Lois Frankel made a comeback in 1994 by challenging the one-term incumbent who had replaced her, former Frankel aide Mimi McAndrews, and defeating her in a memorably bitter Democratic primary.

Facing state House term limits in 2000, Addie Greene set her sights on the county commission and pushed aside veteran incumbent Maude Ford Lee in a Democratic primary.

State Rep. Irving Slosberg first gained office in 2000 by beating incumbent Curt Levine in a Democratic state House primary.

Tax Collector Anne Gannon made a failed try to defeat incumbent Suzanne Jacobs in a 1994 Democratic state House primary. Before winning his seat in 2010, state Rep. Steve Perman tried and failed to oust Richard Machek in a 2006 Democratic state House primary.

Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher won her nonpartisan office in 2008 by defeating incumbent and fellow Democrat Arthur Anderson.

Top Dem recruiter in town looking for challenger to Allen West

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 by George Bennett

PALM BEACH — The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is here looking for a 2012 challenger to freshman U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation.

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chatted with Tax Collector Anne Gannon today at the Four Seasons Resort about running in Palm Beach-Broward District 22. Israel breakfasted today with former Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, who lost to West in November, and said he has a “strong interest” in talking to term-limited West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel.

Israel and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi met Wednesday in Boca Raton with Patrick Murphy, a Coastal Construction VP who lives in Fort Lauderdale and is getting consulting advice from veteran Democratic strategist Eric Johnson.

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Gelber attorney general campaign bus tour, Dem-style

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 by Dara Kam

Democratic state senator and attorney general hopeful Dan Gelber is kicking off a down-to-the wire bus tour beginning tomorrow in Miami.

Gelber, in a primary against Sen. Dave Aronberg of Greenacres that’s too close to call, will make stops in Delray Beach and Boca Raton tomorrow afternoon with PBC tax collector Anne Gannon, who formerly served alongside Gelber in the state House.

Meanwhile, AG wannabe Pam Bondi launched the Republican version of the attorney general primary bus tour today. She’s visiting GOP strongholds like The Villages after a last-minute fundraiser tonight in Jacksonville hosted by Steve Halverson, chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and Ericka Alba, chairwoman of Associated Industries of Florida.

The fundraising deadline for the Tuesday’s primary election is midnight tonight, causing candidates like Bondi and Gelber to frantically dial for dollars and send e-mails seeking contributions.

Gelber didn’t have to launch a bus tour to get on Bondi’s radar screen, however.

At several speeches today, Bondi repeatedly referred to Gelber as the Democratic nominee who she’ll be facing off against in November.

“Looks like it’s going to be Dan Gelber in the general,” Bondi told supporters at the Florida Chamber of Commerce this morning. “The more we hear about Dan Gelber, the more we learn, the last thing we need is an Eliot Spitzer attorney general.”

Gelber’s sweep across the state includes stops in Tallahassee, Pensacola, the Tampa Bay area, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Gelber’s opponent, Sen. Dave Aronberg, is conducting his own RV tour this weekend in South Florida. He’ll make stops in Delray Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Coconut Grove on Saturday.

Gannon says her ban on hiring smokers won’t extend to other legal but unhealthy private behaviors

Monday, October 5th, 2009 by George Bennett

Gannon: Smokers need not apply

Gannon: Smokers need not apply

Those who smoke — even in the privacy of their own homes — have been declared personae non gratae in Tax Collector Anne Gannon’s office. Citing health insurance costs, Gannon is no longer hiring anyone who admits using tobacco products in the past year. Current employees who smoke must quit or pay up to 20 percent higher premiums.

Kogan: Slippery slope?

Kogan: Slippery slope?

When the Florida Supreme Court upheld a similar hiring ban in 1995, then-Justice Gerald Kogan dissented, saying he feared such policies would create a “slippery slope” in which employers would have leeway to grill employees about other private, legal behaviors.

Gannon says that won’t happen in her office. Read about here it in this week’s Politics column.

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Gannon: Smokers need not apply

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 by George Bennett

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Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon will no longer hire job applicants who admit to using tobacco products on a regular basis during the past year.

Beginning tomorrow, job applicants will have to submit a “non-smoking affidavit” to be considered for employment.

Says Gannon: “There’s not much to be said for smoking – it’s a major cause of respiratory and circulatory disease, it contributes to increased insurance costs for us and the Palm Beach County tax payers, it’s unhealthy to be around, and expensive these days.”

Read her office’s press release after the jump…..

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Tit for tat: Aronberg touts backing from Gelber’s hometown in AG race

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 by George Bennett

After state Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, reached into the home county of rival state Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, for an endorsement in the 2010 Democratic attorney general’s primary, Aronberg announced that one of Gelber’s hometown elected officials is hosting a fund-raiser for him this month.

Aronberg

Aronberg

The Aronberg money event will be June 30 at the home of Miami Beach City Commissioner Jonah Wolfson.

Gelber earlier today announced that he’s been endorsed by Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon.

South Florida Senators Aronberg and Gelber so far are the only announced Democrats in the 2010 attorney general race. Incumbent Bill McCollum is leaving to run for governor.

Gannon backs Gelber in AG race over local Sen. Aronberg

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 by George Bennett

Snaring an endorsement from his rival’s back yard, state Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, announced today that he has received the support of Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon in the Democratic primary for attorney general.

Gannon is a former Democratic legislator who served with Gelber in the state House from 2000 to 2006. She also served in the Palm Beach County legislative delegation with state Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, who’s running against Gelber in the Democratic AG primary.

“I served with Dan Gelber and he is the definition of a leader,” Gannon said in a statement released by the Gelber campaign. “He has the unique combination of force and personality that brings people together and empathy to be able to understand the needs and struggles of everyday Floridians.”

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