Delray mayor won’t run for re-election; others vie for vacant seat

Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein won’t be campaigning to retain his seat at the top of the city, he announced Tuesday.

“Whoever takes my place, I’ll be rooting for you,” Glickstein said at a city meeting.

Glickstein, 58, who has been in office since 2013, had the option of running for another three-year term to City Commission seat No. 5. It’s time for “fresh ideas and fresh leadership” in Delray Beach, he said.

During his tenure, Glickstein oversaw the city’s sober home regulation measures that were then unprecedented in the state. He also advocated for sober home and opioid addiction action at the state and federal level.

Commissioner Shelly Petrolia has applied to run for mayor, rather than re-election, in the March municipal election.

No other candidates have filed for the mayor’s seat as of Tuesday.

Petrolia said she isn’t happy with the chaos that has plagued city hall during her and Glickstein’s identical five-year tenures, prompting her to run for a more prominent spot. More than half a dozen high-ranking staffers have quit or have been fired in the past couple years.

“One of the things I would bring to the position of mayor is some steady-handedness,” Petrolia, 54, said. “I’m very measured. I’m very consistent. That’s something this town needs in a position of leadership.”

Two other city commission seats are on the ballot in March:

  • Seat No. 1, which will be vacated by Petrolia
  • And seat No. 3, occupied by Commissioner Mitch Katz, who has filed to run for re-election.

No one has yet filed to run against Katz in the upcoming election, but seat No.1 has drawn two applicants as of Tuesday, according to city records.

Ryan Boylston, founder of Delray Beach and Boca Raton Newspapers and CEO of Delray Beach-based marketing consultants Woo Creative, filed to run Friday.

Adam Frankel, an attorney who served six years on the commission until reaching a term-limit in 2015, filed Monday.

Boylston, 35, campaigned for a seat on the Delray Beach City Commission in 2015, but fell short of the 250 that a would-be candidate is required to get from registered voters to qualify as a candidate.

Boylston had submitted 270 signatures, but was short five signatures after some were tossed by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

He filed an unsuccessful lawsuit that challenged the elections supervisor’s decision to deem him ineligible, and the decision to toss at least five of the voided signatures.

Boylston, who sits on the city’s Education Board and chairs the Education Master Plan Committee, aims to focus on education, he wrote in a Facebook post announcing his bid for the vacant city commission seat.

“A true champion of education is what we have lacked and it must be our top priority,” Boylston wrote.

Frankel, 45, was first elected to the seat now filled by Katz in 2009, and ran unopposed in two of his three elections.

During Frankel’s tenure, the city commission approved several developments, most notably the Atlantic Crossing plaza that was later the subject of a $40 million lawsuit filed by the developers, Ohio-based Edwards Cos.

Frankel was among three commissioners who supported the project. Petrolia and Glickstein both voted against it in 2014.

Katz replaced Frankel on the commission the following year, and Katz joined Petrolia and Glickstein in voting down subsequent requests by Atlantic Crossing developers.

A federal lawsuit filed by the developer alleged that three commissioners created a voting bloc that stalled the project. The city spent more than $250,000 in legal fees before settling the lawsuit earlier this year, city officials have said.

Frankel intends to focus on the city’s homeless and sober home problems, and a pending plan to place parking meters throughout the city’s downtown, he said Tuesday.

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