Pembroke Pines, FL, October 03, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- More than 130 voters, volunteers and supporters turned out Tuesday night at Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine to join Mark O’Loughlin as he officially launched his bid for District 2 City Commissioner in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
The event featured stories from local residents and business owners as they shared the challenges and struggles they are fighting every day here in Pembroke Pines.
In his address, Mark called attention to four key challenges the city is facing, including ongoing issues with crime, the looming Charter School budget crisis, a costly litigious approach and lack of civic discourse with both residents and neighboring communities and economic development in eastern Pembroke Pines. He cited these among his motivation to run for the seat, along with the disappointing representation the District has had over the past two commissioners’ terms. “As a result of our fiscal management, the school is basically going to run out of money in another year or two,” said Mark O’Loughlin. “My niece is a freshman at that Charter School. I want to do everything I can to make sure its still there when she’s a senior.”
Community leaders from the area addressed the crowd in support of Mark. “I’m proud of the support I have in this city and in South Florida.” O’Loughlin went on to note that he has received endorsements from many of the city commissioners and town council members from Miramar, Southwest Ranches, Cooper City and Davie.
“Mark is good guy. He’s been in the area since 1975 and grew up here playing baseball and football just up the street,” said Douglas Harrision, Board Commissioner, South Broward Hospital District and a resident of Pembroke Pines. “What’s even more admirable is that Mark draws broad support from all walks of life, all political parties, all socio-economic levels. Here’s here to build a stronger city.”
“He’s a fresh and dynamic voice in our community,” said Joe Creegan, a voter who lives in Park Place and attended the rally. “I’m very concerned about the fiscal issues he raised. I’m not hearing the same things from the other candidates. We absolutely need his stewardship in this city.”
The location of the kickoff was significant for its symbolism on several fronts. As a 40-year resident of the area, Mark recalls the building having been home to many of the neighborhood’s favorite restaurants over the years, including “The Fountains” and “Lum’s.” In fact, Mark’s grandmother once owned a business a few doors down from the event location.
Today, the family-run Las Vegas restaurants represent a success story that combines hard work with opportunity, and then pays it forward. As many areas in the Eastern part of the city struggle with a lack of development, the success of Las Vegas highlights what can be possible when a local business owner believes in an area and invests to help build a sense of community. “My family and I have been in Pembroke Pines serving the citizens of this great city for 31 years, and in return we have received unconditional patronage, something we will always be grateful for,” said Miriam Vilarino, owner of Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine. “My family and I came here to build a life and help improve the community. I’m proud to be a part of Pembroke Pines, and to support Mark. Anyone who is running for a position like this, we have something in common because we both came to build. I wish him the very best and hope he continues to make the city even better than it is today.”
“This is exactly the type of business leadership we need in this community,” said O’Loughlin. “Pembroke Pines is truly blessed to have such great business partners as Miriam and her family,” said Mark O’Loughlin.
About Mark O’Loughlin
As a 40-year resident of Pembroke Pines, Mark O'Loughlin has grown up with the city. His roots in Pembroke Pines go back all the way to elementary school as a proud student at Pasadena Lakes Elementary, and then later a proud student at Pines Middle. Mark is an active community leader who serves on the School Board of Broward County's Facilities Task Force, the Vice Chair for the Broward County Housing Authority, the local Kiwanis chapter, the local American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Miramar-Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce and is an Usher at Saint Bernadette Catholic Church.
Mark is a long-time follower of city government, and shares the concerns of residents who are not impressed with the representation in District 2 over the past two commissioners’ terms. As “Your voice in Pembroke Pines,” Mark is committed to bringing positive change to District 2 in Pembroke Pines, not only fixing the looming Charter School budget crisis, but also restoring positive, civil dialog with residents and neighboring communities. More information about the campaign can be found at www.MarkO2016.com.