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Dominoes start to fall in state House, Fort Lauderdale commission races

Miriam Oliphant's brother, Robert L. McKinzie, is running for Fort Lauderdale City Commission in District 3 / Britt

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Robert McKinzie Jr.'s candidacy is now official.

And much of the political establishment in northeast Fort Lauderdale and in the African-American community has lined up behind him.

He's running for Fort Lauderdale City Commission, for a seat that will become vacant once Commissioner Bobby DuBose quits under the state's resign to run law.

McKinzie's resume (click on his picture to the right) from a past run for County Commission lists his residence as Plantation, where he's been a longtime resident.

DuBose is running for state House of Representatives.

Here's part of a statement Wednesday morning from McKinzie's campaign:

Lorraine Mizell, a member of the pioneering Mizell family of Fort Lauderdale said “I am happy to support Robert McKinzie for Fort Lauderdale City Commission. He and his family have a long standing tradition of involvement and service to this community”

McKinzie is a native of northwest Fort Lauderdale, a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, received a Bachelor’s degree from Bethune-Cookman University and is the President of Harper and Sons Construction, Inc.

McKinzie said “I want to continue the good work in our community and improve the quality of life in the northwest”.

The candidate is married to Deberenia Allen McKinzie who is a physician with the Memorial Healthcare System and they have four children.

“It is with eagerness, excitement and enthusiasm that I endorse Robert as my candidate for the Fort Lauderdale District III seat. I am certain that he will work collaboratively to create opportunities for children to grow everyday”, said School Board Member Dr. Rosalind Osgood.

McKinzie said “I will focus my priorities on creating jobs for my constituents, crime prevention, economic development and education”.

“Robert McKinzie will be an excellent city commissioner. He was born and raised in this community and has what it takes to continue the hard work started by champions like Andrew DeGraffenreidt, Carlton B. Moore and Bobby DuBose ” said State Senator Chris Smith.

McKinzie has been actively involved in the community as a member of the local NAACP, a board member of the Central Broward Kiwanis Club, a trustee at First Baptist Church Piney Grove, he is Santa Claus every year for the local Boys and Girls Club, and he is a mentor for foster kids and children at Sunland Elementary School and a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

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