You may know Joseph “Joe” Abruzzo as the current Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller of Palm Beach County, who served in the Florida Legislature for a decade. The lesser-known story about Abruzzo is how his Chicago roots prepared him to be a leader and public servant in Palm Beach County.
When Joe Abruzzo shares memories of his childhood growing up in Chicago, you feel transported back to when close-knit families and communities were the norm.
Abruzzo grew up in a traditional Italian family surrounded by grandparents and great-grandparents. The talk around the dinner table with his great grandfather, Jerome Cataldo, President of the Barbers and Beauticians Union and a Special Representative to the United Food and Commercials Workers, was never short on stories and lessons about politics. While most young people only do their learning in school, Abruzzo received a second education at the dinner table.
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