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Castillo bows out of county election

From Pembroke Pines City Commissioner Angelo Castillo:

“Regretfully, I am withdrawing my candidacy for Broward County Commissioner.  One month ago, I entered this race under unexpected circumstances but with sincere good faith and high hopes for our future.  I then immediately self-initiated an inquiry through my attorney with staff of the Florida Commission on Ethics to ensure that my regular employment would not conflict with my holding elected county office.  In my present capacity as a city commissioner, I can provide for my family free of conflict while upholding my responsibilities to my employer and my constituents.  However, counsel informs me that future conflicts could arise from my employment if I am also serving as a county commissioner.  Public disclosure and recusal from voting would not suffice to resolve those concerns.  I risk facing a scenario that forces me to choose between my employment and my continued elected county service.  That’s not a prospect that I anticipated and it is not one that my family and professional obligations allow me to confront.  While I am disappointed, I know that this is the proper, responsible and ethical decision to make.

My desire to serve our county remains strong and my chances of winning this election were excellent.  However that doesn’t change the fact that elected public office is only really possible when a balance can be struck between an official's family obligations, their professional responsibilities, and their duty to the public.  This balance does not appear achievable if I am to serve as a county commissioner in 2010.  I am honored to continue my service as a Pembroke Pines City Commissioner and will remain an active and engaged community advocate.  I am deeply thankful to all those that came forward to support my campaign.  Your goal is to help build a better Broward and I will continue working with you to achieve that important objective.  My best wishes and hopes for a bright future remain with you all.”