Coral Springs, Florida – Tom Powers, a former Commissioner for Coral Springs, has officially stepped down from his role as Chairman of the Broward Republican Executive Committee due to pressing health concerns.
Aged 66, Powers was diagnosed with cancer in the early months of 2021. In spite of this challenge, he proficiently steered the committee in preparation for the 2022 Midterm Elections, and was instrumental in setting the groundwork for the forthcoming 2024 Presidential Election.
In a letter dated August 27 addressed to the committee’s executive board members, Powers communicated his inability to continue his duties. He penned, “I have fought as hard as I can fight, but in recent months, my health has deteriorated quicker than I expected. I would prefer to spend the moments I have left with my family.”
Over the past year, Powers has been dedicated to grooming the next line of leadership. Expressing confidence in the next tier of leaders, he recommended Abby Stafford, the committee’s current treasurer, for the chairmanship. He further stated, “We have great people who can do this job and will do this job for the right reasons. I just ask you to give them the opportunity to succeed by rallying behind them.”
In the interim, the responsibilities of the chairman will be overseen by Vice Chair Chris Marino of the Republican Party of Broward County.
In 2008, Powers was voted into the Coral Springs City Commission, with the commission subsequently appointing him as vice mayor on two occasions. His tenure concluded in 2014, following an unsuccessful campaign for mayor.
Beyond his political endeavors, Powers held the position of vice president at the Coral Springs-Parkland Republican Club and was a member of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. Prior to his involvement with the Republican Party, he served the Arizona state police as a narcotics agent, working diligently along the U.S./Mexico border.
In his concluding remarks, he expressed, “It has been my honor to serve — for God, family, and country.”