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Celebrating Black History Month
February 15, 2017
In recognition of Black History Month, the Town of Pembroke Park will be honoring a different influential African-American each day.
Today’s honoree is:
COMMISSIONER MARLON D. BOLTON
CITY OF TAMARAC
Born in Manchester, Jamaica, Marlon D. Bolton moved to the United States in 2007. After living in a few cities, Bolton later chose the city of Tamarac as the ‘city for his life.’ Since then, he married the love of his life, Carla whom he shares a beautiful son, Matthew. Bolton is a licensed minister and a premarital course provider in Broward County, who has worked as a paralegal, a banker at Wachovia Bank and currently owns two successful businesses. He graduated with honors, with an Associates of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Miami Dade College, on the heels of finishing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Public Safety Management and plans to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership, all before officially entering law school at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.
In 2013, Marlon Bolton became Reverend Marlon Bolton and now serves as the Senior Pastor at Praise Experience World Outreach Church in North Lauderdale, Florida. In 2016, Reverend Bolton decided to run for public office and was immediately successful. He ousted then incumbent Pamela Bushnell and became the youngest and FIRST African American Commissioner in the entire 53 yearlong City of Tamarac history. Commissioner Bolton won commandingly, securing victory by winning every precinct except one and brought out the most voters in the District in over 53 years.
To date, Bolton has only been elected for 3 months and has already made bold moves. He proposed a Beautification Committee to the City Commission and from that proposal came redesigned ideas to provide over $170,000 in matching grants to Home Owners Associations city-wide, whose community is in need of a face lift. Commissioner Bolton proposed a Diversity Board that would further position and promote Tamarac as City of Inclusion and one that embraces diversity. The City is now poised to hosting its first Multicultural Festival in 2018. Commissioner Bolton proposed the City’s first “East Side Community Center,” the City is actively searching for land on the east side to accomplish that goal.
Commissioner Bolton continues to work on grass roots, he recently assisted communities on the East Side in controlling mosquito infestation issues by enlisting the help of the Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department and the Emergency Management Division of Broward County. He has implemented the First Black History Month Proclamation for the Community Excellence Awards and honored citizens of the community and wider broward for their dedication to the community. The spotlight is on Tamarac District one, and this young star is breaking barriers and providing strong leadership for the area. He promised during his campaign that ‘help was on the way’ and many can already feel the help being delivered to them by Commissioner Bolton.
“I believe my vision for Tamarac is complimented by the vision of my mayor and colleagues,” Bolton says, “we want to continue to have safe and beautiful neighborhood where our economy continues to thrive. Where our residents can live and work, and the quality of life for both the elderly and younger families/residents are maintained and complement each other.” The commissioner added. (Cited: Interview conducted with Commissioner Bolton on 02/08/17)
We salute Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton, for his remarkable accomplishments.