Local attorney, father and community advocate Sam Kaufman announced today he will seek election to the Key West City Commission District 2 seat being
vacated by Mark Rossi. Commissioner Rossi, on the council since 2004, has said he will not run again.

Kaufman said, “I think I can make a difference. The main focus for me is affordable housing. I want my children and their friends to be able to live here ten years from now,” said Kaufman.

Kaufman has always been involved in the community and public service. During his college years, he was a student government officer at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
and as a community service project manager at the University of
Miami law school.

Since moving to Key West in 1999, Kaufman
has been involved in various community services. He’s served as the
Chairman of the Board for Florida Keys Outreach Coalition (FKOC)
for the past 14 years.

“’Making progress’ is my personal motto and I want to apply this to city efforts that will benefit the residents of my district. “My goals are to ‘make progress’ in the areas of affordable workforce housing, quality care for our seniors, increasing recreational activities for our children and ensuring responsible use of our tax dollars.”

Currently, he serves as board member of Friends of Higgs Beach Committee and is a member of the Key West Business Guild. In 2002, Kaufman served as the co- chair for the Key West Charter Amendment PAC, which created the Citizen Review Board. And he was a founding member of and served as President of the Key West Sunset Rotary Club. As an attorney, Kaufman is known to donate a significant amount of pro bono hours. He served as a public defender for three years. “I understand and care about our community and have a strong drive to improve the quality of life for all who call Key West home. I always have an open ear and a positive attitude and like to get things done.”

Kaufman is a family man with a wife, Julia, and two children, ages 5 and 7, who both attend Poinciana Elementary School. “It is highly important to me to be involved in my children’s education and activities. It also keeps me in the loop of what the needs are for our community’s youth.” He has served on the Board of the Montessori Children’s School, and volunteered as an AYSO soccer coach.

“I am very excited about this campaign, meeting my neighbors and residents. I encourage and welcome all citizens of Key West to call me anytime with their ideas and suggestions,” Kaufman said. “District II is my neighborhood, Key West is my home.”

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  1. Samuel Kaufman is the perfect candidate for office. I have first hand dealing with Mr Kaufman. I retained Mr Kaufman for defense on a false arrest case. Mr Kaufman not only defender me but made sure the baseless charges stuck. He then covered for the police by hiding evidence from me to prove my case. After that Mr Kaufman my paid attorney started threatening me after the evidence proved I was falsely accused and arrested. 14 days in jail and Mr Kaufman took my money and protected the Monroe County sheriff and the state. After my money and Mr Kaufman stole my money, he than made sure no other attorneys would represent me. Furthermore my cousin with the help of the department of home land security and the secret service has more evidence against Mr Kaufman, Mathew Dowling and the numerous people Mr Kaufman turn against my family. Furthermore he had the police bring more charges against me. After 7 month in jail and no one to represent me thanks to Mr Kaufman and the Dowling family with the help of judge leon firtel I was convicted of crimes with out any evidence. And was denied a appeals thanks to the Dowling family and mr. Kauffman. But I am now seeking the help of the federal government to turn over all charges and have Mr Dowling Mr Kaufman Mr Citron judge firtel Mr Robert sherr Mr Joe Glen deputy at the detention center and numerous other from the county and city officials for conspiracy to racketeering obstruction to attempted murder at my home by Chris Garcia and Dowling with the help of Mr Kaufman to protect the reel criminals of Monroe County. I am betting that Mr Kaufman Will never see this seat do to the evidence against mr. Kaufman and 45 others is about to be heard in federal court. This will mean that numerous people will be heading to jail. Kaufman Dowling sherr Glen firtel catalono dimeglo Jason smith judge miller to name a few that’s will be facing federal extortion federal racketeering federal obstruction and federal conspiracy charges. So I am betting that Mr Kaufman never will see this seat. 🙂

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