Jim Chard (left) and Shelly Petrolia, both Delray Beach commissioners, are vying for the mayor's seat in the coming March municipal 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:
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.
Richard Alteus — Alteus ran for city commission in March and lost to Commissioner Jim Chard. Alteus did not show up to city debates, or respond to media requests for interview.
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.
Bill Bathurst — A member of the city’s Historic Preservation Board and creator of the popular online Facebook group Delray RAW, Bathurst is the only applicant to fill the unexpired two-year term of Commissioner Jim Chard.
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.