Andy Anderson (born May 27, 1969) is the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, Brevard County, Florida, serving since November 2008. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as Councilmember and Deputy Mayor of Florida's 6th largest city, Palm Bay, Florida (2003 - 2007).
Early life and education
Anderson was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, the youngest son and third child of Robert Dale Anderson and Darla Mae Anderson.
Anderson attended Ashtabula Area City Schools and graduated from Ashtabula Senior High (Lakeside High School) in 1987. On December 1, 1987, Anderson enlisted in the U.S. Army. After basic, advanced, and airborne training, he was assigned as a Criminal Investigator (United States Army Military Police Corps) and a member of the U.S. Army Drug Suppression Team. After his service in the Army, Anderson attended and graduated from Brevard Community College and majored in Organizational Behavior at Rollins College.
Anderson's experience in the private sector includes over 20 Years executive managerial experience related to project management, business administration and business operations. Andy has worked for Johnson Controls, Harley-Davidson, and has owned two successful small businesses.
In 2003, Anderson sought election to a vacant City Council seat in the City of Palm Bay, Florida. Anderson entered the special election, along with six other candidates. Anderson lead the field by 2 votes out of a total of 7,083 cast, triggering a mandatory ballot recount due to recently adopted Florida legislation in the aftermath of the 2000 Bush vs. Gore election controversy. On April 30, 2003, Anderson was declared the winner after the recount, picking up an additional vote to bring his lead to 3. Anderson served on the Palm Bay City Council until November 2007.
On November 27, 2012, Anderson was selected by his fellow Commissioners to serve as Chairman of the Brevard County Commission.
Anderson has indicated that he intends to seek the Republican nomination for the Florida House Representatives, District 53, in 2016.
Public and community service
Anderson has served on various government and community based organizations: Executive Board-member of Space Coast Economic Development Commission, Vice-Chairman of Brevard Public Safety Coordinating Council, founder and coordinator of Space Coast Coats for Kids, Vice-Chairman Brevard County Value Adjustment Board, Chairman of Brevard County Cystic Fibrosis GREAT STRIDES Walk, Board-member of Space Coast Tourist Development Commission, sponsor and spokesperson; Elves for Elders gift drive, Chairman of the Riverside District, Boy Scouts of America - Central Florida Council and is a member of Leadership Brevard and completed LEAD Brevard (class of 2011).
In 2006, while serving as Palm Bay councilmember, Anderson authored the "Unlawful Business Practices Act" that would have initiated code enforcement actions and penalties against businesses within the city of 108,000 residents who utilized undocument workers.  The law would have levied $500 fines on businesses that hire illegal immigrants, and prevent them from bidding for city contracts for two years. The measure placed the national media spotlight on the the city and Anderson, including an appearance on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight  and an article in U.S. News & World Report. The proposed ordinace was rejected by a City Council vote on August 18, 2006.
Anderson subsequently formed an alligence with the Hispanic community to create a partnership between Latinos, businesses, and local government. Because of the success of his initiatives to ensure that racial and cultural barriers were removed within the community, he was honored with the 2009 Don Juan Ponce de Leon Public Official of the Year Award by The National Coalition of Puerto Rican Chambers.
Political involvement in Presidential campaigns
Anderson served as a Florida County Campaign Chairman for Mitt Romney's 2008 Republican primary bid. Anderson also endorsed and participated in a televised space industry panel and round-table discussion with 2012 Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
- ↑ Brevard County Supervisor of Elections
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Official Brevard County Web Site - District 5 County Commissioner Andy Anderson (Chairman)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Official County Commission Facebook Page (Andy Anderson)
- ↑ Palm Bay Special Election, Council Seat 4 Recount, April 30, 2003
- ↑ Brevard County General Election, November 4, 2008
- ↑ Official Brevard County Press Release re: Brevard Dist. 5 Commissioner Andy Anderson unopposed in 2012 election
- ↑ Official Brevard County Press Release re: Commisioner Andy Anderson selected Commission Chairman
- ↑ City tries to block hiring illegals - Christina E. Sanchez, Sarasota Hereld-Tribune, Sunday, August 16, 2006
- ↑ Lou Dobbs Tonight interview of Andy Anderson transcript - Aired August 17, 2006 - 18:00 ET
- ↑ U.S. News & World Report; The Immigration Minute; 7/24/2006, Vol. 141 Issue 3, p33
- ↑ Palm Bay Rejects Migrant Measure; Orlando Sentinel - Victor Manuel Ramos - August 18, 2006
- ↑ The National Coalition of Puerto Rican Chambers 6th annual Banquet Gala and Don Juan Ponce de Leon Awards
- ↑ CNN Glenn Beck Show interview re: Palm Bay ban on Chinese products, Aired October 29, 2007
- ↑ Florida City Tries to Ban Chinese Products, Mary-Rose Abraha, ABC News -10/24/07
- ↑ Press Release - Governor Mitt Romney Announces Florida County Chairs - June 1, 2007
- ↑ Is Gingrich's 'grandiose' space vision realistic?January 26, 2012 by Scott Powers, Orlando Sentinel
- ↑ Video - Newt Gingrich Brevard County EDC Space Roundtable
- District 5 Brevard County Commissioner Andy Anderson was selected as Commission Chairman: Brevard Times - Nov 28, 2012
- Andy Anderson Campain Website
- Brevard County's Web Portal
- City of Palm Bay, Florida Website
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