In 1968, Lyndon Johnson announced he wasn’t running for president again.
That same year Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated and Richard Nixon won the presidency.
And in 1968, a Veltri was first elected to office in Plantation.
That first Veltri was Frank Veltri, father of the current Plantation Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic.
I can’t think of any Broward city that has been dominated for so long by one family.
With the exception of two years, there has been a Veltri in office since 1968— either Frank (1968-1999) and daughter (2001-today).
The unprecedented reign of the Velti family may be ending.
The mayor faces a reelection campaign in November 2018 that could turn into a real battle.