Nine candidates qualify for Delray Beach’s March election


DELRAY BEACH — Nine candidates will vie for four of five seats on Delray Beach’s commission in the upcoming election.

With a majority of the city commission seats on the line, including the mayor’s seat, the March municipal election in Delray Beach is likely to draw a high voter turnout.

The election pits two sitting commissioners against one another in a race for the mayor’s seat. Meanwhile the other seats have drawn both former city officials and political novices.

These are the candidates who have qualified for the March 13 election:

Mayor’s race

  • Jim Chard — A city commissioner first elected to a three-year term in March, Chard will step down from his post to run for mayor. A retired business executive, Chard told The Post in October that the benefits to running for mayor outweigh the risks.
  • Shelly Petrolia — A five-year commissioner, Petrolia sees nowhere to go but up. She’s limited in her ability to make changes as a commissioner, she said, so she’s aiming for the city’s top seat.

  • Eric Camacho — A political newcomer, Camacho has lived in Delray Beach for about two years. He’s running on a platform of bringing “civility back” to Delray Beach, according to his campaign Facebook page.
  • Adam Frankel — Frankel, an attorney who served six years on the commission until reaching a term-limit in 2015, aims to return to city’s highest board. 

  • Ryan Boylston — Boylston, founder of Delray Beach and Boca Raton Newspapers and CEO of marketing consultants Woo Creative, campaigned for a seat on the city commission in 2015, but fell short of the signature requirement. Boylston, who sits on the city’s Education Board and chairs the Education Master Plan Committee, aims to focus on education
  • Mitch Katz (incumbent) — A three-year commissioner, Katz has filed to run for re-election. Katz wants to “continue to be your independent voice on the City Commission,” he wrote on his campaign Facebook page.


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