Dean is the first openly LGBTQ mayor of Fort Lauderdale.
Thirty-five years ago, Commissioner Dean Trantalis came to Fort Lauderdale to make it his home. His long track record of public service in our community began with his involvement in the fight for equal rights. He has been a responsive, accessible voice on the City Commission, where he has worked to manage over-development, provide humane solutions to our homelessness crisis and protect the character and safety of our neighborhoods. Through his work fighting for equality, Dean discovered a passion for public service that led him to become involved in multiple community organizations. In 2002, Dean decided to take the next step and ran successfully for City Commissioner. He served until 2006 and then rejoined the commission in 2013. As mayor, Dean will work to fix the city’s broken infrastructure and will be tough on overdevelopment while allowing the city to grow smartly in ways that respect our neighborhoods, the character of our community and our quality of life. He wants to find realistic solutions to our traffic gridlock. He also will advocate more affordable housing so teachers, nurses, secretaries and our youth are not priced out of living in our city and will push to broaden our economic base with the attraction of more high-earning jobs.