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After the Special Election was over, Al Zucaro received many messages of support and otherwise. Here are some of the letters he asked us to share. There’s also a message from Al Zucaro, to his supporters, he asked be shared.
Thank you for always exposing the dark side of the city.
Still admire your street smarts. Please continue your efforts.-
Good Day Al & Yvonne,
There are times in our lives that things happen for the best. Perhaps the voters of Boca Raton were sending both of you a message. That message was simple, we don’t care about quality leadership, our town, or the future of Boca Raton.
We are not youngsters but I’m certain loosing anything is hard to accept no matter what our ages. Al and Yvonne, both of you offered many precious moments to the citizens of Boca Raton. You fought a very hard and difficult campaign. For this and many other champions for your cause are very proud for the way you conducted yourselves not only during the campaign, but, for years before. Barbara, my friend, was a supporter of your campaign. We and many others who attended the evenings gathering place were very impressed with Al’s conduct and grace while giving his concession speech. Al’s conduct demonstrated Al is not a Politician, he is a Statesman. A statesman is a gentlemen who wants to serve for the good of everyone; a Politician is, well why ruin a nice email Yvonne can read without turning red!
I feel honored to call you both a friend and would always do what I can for both of you.
Hello Al and Yvonne,
Thanks for being our candidate, and thanks for giving us hope.
Best to you both,
You fought the good fight and stood up for what you believed. You still have an important role to play in shaping Boca’s future. Fingers crossed for Kathy!
As a follow up to my words last night, I just wanted to again THANK YOU for your personal commitment, time, money and effort on behalf of the residents of Boca Raton. You have opened the eyes of many of us to the political workings in our city, and I strongly encourage you to keep at it! We need people like you, and Boca Watch, to stay involved in the community.
Most of us can talk the talk, but YOU walk the walk. Having never run for public office, I cannot imagine the hard work that you have put in, but I can tell you that I appreciate it. Congratulations to you for the great effort.
Dr. Richard K.
Good morning Al ,
Antonella and I had the opportunity to meet a very good friend of Yvonne and yours her name is Vivian she arrived shortly after you left last night what a very inspiring woman we had a great conversation. I want you to know that we did not lose this race we won in many respects the things that you have done for this community by exposing Susan Haynie and bringing the message of less development with more consideration for the residents of this community was a message that is heard loud and clear. I’m personally very thankful for all your efforts and your desire to effect change in this city. Now our voice is heard because of your voice thank you for all you’ve done with Boca watch and all the many different ways you stood up and continue to stand up for what’s right for Boca Raton . Never give up ! You are admired by thousands of people and your name will always be a name of great honor to those who respect what you’ve done and even those who don’t !
Enjoy your days ahead as you deserve a great life !! Its a tough fight when dealing with corruption but God will expose much more in the days to come. Let’s get together soon and have breakfast or coffee. It’s obvious you have a great heart for success and I pray you always find it no matter what stage of life you are in. God Bless you and Yvonne you are truly great people who care about others.
See you soon,
Frank & Antonella B.
And finally, since he always liked to let others have their say first, here’s words from The Man himself: AL ZUCARO – PUBLISHER OF BOCAWATCH
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Yvonne and I want to express our most sincere appreciation for your support of my campaign for Mayor. We are forever grateful for your belief in the mission of creating a better Boca Raton.
During the past few days, my phones and emails have been deluged with messages of dismay and shock as to the final results of this election. Like you, we felt buoyed by the incredible grassroots support of like-minded residents, and we all had been very hopeful that a ‘resident friendly’ vision would be the one elected.
So why did Scott Singer win this election?
It was a brilliant political move on his part. One that circumstances afforded him because of the timing of this election. Unlike the typical March elections, this August 28th ballot was a full partisan one, being voted on by both Republicans and Democrats. Palm Beach County is a Democrat stronghold, and while Mr. Singer is a Republican, he aligned himself with local Democrat leaders, receiving endorsements from high profile personalities like Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch to name just a few.
Although a registered Republican, his name was added to the palm cards circulated by the south county clubs as their preferred candidate for mayor in a non-partisan race. These cards provided the names of suggested candidates for voters to select. Singer also utilized his commanding war chest in excess of $150,000 and supported largely by developer interests, to send pre-filled out absentee ballots to the entire voting community.
These advantages swayed the election in his favor. While he is now the Mayor winning with this partisan formula, many of the people who voted for him are not the active community-minded people who are passionately “watching” how our City is being run.
To those of you actively watching, I say, your job is never over! Fighting for our community and preserving the spirit of our town is something you must remain committed to in the future.
Thank you again for your support and well-wishes!
Publisher of BocaWatch