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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).[1]

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.[2]

Professional career

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.[2][3][4]

Political career

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.[5] Anderson served on the Palm Bay City Council until November 2007.

On November 4th, 2008, Anderson was elected to the Brevard County Commission, District 5.[6] Anderson subsequently sought reelection in 2012, and was elected without opposition.[7]

On November 27, 2012, Anderson was selected by his fellow Commissioners to serve as Chairman of the Brevard County Commission.[8]

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).[2][3][4]

National spotlight

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. [9] 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 [10] and an article in U.S. News & World Report.[11] The proposed ordinace was rejected by a City Council vote on August 18, 2006.[12]

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.[13]

In 2007, Anderson was interviewed by the CNN Glenn Beck program[14] regarding Palm Bay Mayor John Mazziotti's proposal to ban the city's purchases of products made in China.[15]

Political involvement in Presidential campaigns

Anderson served as a Florida County Campaign Chairman for Mitt Romney's 2008 Republican primary bid.[16] Anderson also endorsed and participated in a televised space industry panel and round-table discussion with 2012 Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.[17][18]

References

  1. Brevard County Supervisor of Elections
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LinkedIn Profile (Andy Anderson)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Official Brevard County Web Site - District 5 County Commissioner Andy Anderson (Chairman)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official County Commission Facebook Page (Andy Anderson)
  5. Palm Bay Special Election, Council Seat 4 Recount, April 30, 2003
  6. Brevard County General Election, November 4, 2008
  7. Official Brevard County Press Release re: Brevard Dist. 5 Commissioner Andy Anderson unopposed in 2012 election
  8. Official Brevard County Press Release re: Commisioner Andy Anderson selected Commission Chairman
  9. City tries to block hiring illegals - Christina E. Sanchez, Sarasota Hereld-Tribune, Sunday, August 16, 2006
  10. Lou Dobbs Tonight interview of Andy Anderson transcript - Aired August 17, 2006 - 18:00 ET
  11. U.S. News & World Report; The Immigration Minute; 7/24/2006, Vol. 141 Issue 3, p33
  12. Palm Bay Rejects Migrant Measure; Orlando Sentinel - Victor Manuel Ramos - August 18, 2006
  13. The National Coalition of Puerto Rican Chambers 6th annual Banquet Gala and Don Juan Ponce de Leon Awards
  14. CNN Glenn Beck Show interview re: Palm Bay ban on Chinese products, Aired October 29, 2007
  15. Florida City Tries to Ban Chinese Products, Mary-Rose Abraha, ABC News -10/24/07
  16. Press Release - Governor Mitt Romney Announces Florida County Chairs - June 1, 2007
  17. Is Gingrich's 'grandiose' space vision realistic?January 26, 2012 by Scott Powers, Orlando Sentinel
  18. Video - Newt Gingrich Brevard County EDC Space Roundtable

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