Boca Raton
Council Seat A

Andrew “Andy” Thomson

  • Age: 36
  • City: Boca Raton
  • Family: Married, three children
  • Education: Doctorate degree
  • Law degree, University of Miami School of Law (2008)
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech (2004)
    • Recent job: Senior Counsel, Baritz & Colman LLP, Boca Raton (2016-present)
  • Senior Counsel, Baritz & Colman LLP, Boca Raton (2016-present)
  • Attorney, Proskauer Rose LLP, Boca Raton (2011-2016)
  • Attorney, Tew Cardenas LLP, Miami (2008-2011)
  • Law clerk for Justice Kenneth Bell, Florida Supreme Court, Tallahassee (2008)
  • Previous races

    Won
    Lost

    Boca Raton City Council (2017)

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Palm Beach County Transportation Planning Agency's Citizens Advisory Committee
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    My primary goal is to maintain and improve Boca Raton's quality of life-ensuring the continuation of safe neighborhoods, great beaches and parks, excellent schools, and a unique character and charm. My other goal is to bring this City together. For too long, we've been divided and divisive. Folks are tired of fighting. My day job is to resolve conflicts by finding common ground and common sense solutions. I'm going to do that in our community.
    Should suspended Mayor Susan Haynie resign?
    Explain your position on Haynie's resignation.
    Florida law gives the Governor the ability to suspend a local official charged with a crime, and Governor Scott suspended Mayor Haynie while those charges are pending. Deputy Mayor Singer has already taken over as Mayor during that time, and the rest of the mayoral term will be filled through a special election. Our City continues to function--and the business of government moves forward--whether or not Mayor Haynie resigns.
    Do you support rezoning of parts of central Boca Raton, the largely commercial area near Town Center Mall for example, to allow residential and commercial uses to be mixed?
    Explain your answer on rezoning.
    I support some rezoning of the Midtown area. Some parts of Midtown are in need of redevelopment, and improved mobility and walkability is certainly necessary in that part of the City. But 2,500 residential units (the initial number contemplated) is simply too much for the area.
    Considering the expected passage of a homestead exemption increase in November, should your community compensate by increasing the property tax rate?
    Please explain your position on the homestead exemption increase and increasing property tax rate.
    No, raising taxes should be only a last resort. We should first seek to cut waste and improve efficiency in City Hall. And if we can maintain Boca Raton's high quality of life, our property values (and thus our tax base) will continue to rise, and the higher revenues should help offset the reduction caused by the increased homestead exemption.
    Is your community doing enough to maintain services such as police and roads?
    Please explain your position on maintaining services.
    I'm a strong proponent of concurrency--having services (police and fire) and infrastructure (roads and schools) in place BEFORE we build. At times, however, concurrency has not been strictly followed, and an increased burden has been placed on our existing services and infrastructure as a result. The trend needs to be corrected, and I will insist on concurrency.
    Do you support growth in your community?
    Please explain your position on growth.
    Some growth is inevitable. Boca Raton is an incredibly attractive place to live, and people want to move here. The key is to manage that growth in a way that protects Boca Raton's quality of life--ensuring that we have safe neighborhoods, great beaches and parks, and excellent schools. Aspects of our quality of life such as traffic and school overcrowding can be improved, and I have the experience and expertise to improve them.
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