Wayne Posner, a retired builder who wants to bring “quality development” to Jupiter, defeated longtime incumbent Karen Golonka in Tuesday’s runoff for a seat on the town council.
“It’s not so much people are opposed to development in Jupiter. They want smart and quality development,” said Posner, a 66-year-old resident of Jupiter Country Club who has served the last three years on the town’s planning and zoning commission.
Golonka, a 62-year-old retired urban planner, announced she would not run again after serving eight straight three-year terms as mayor.
She could not be reached for comment.
Todd Wodraska, who was elected mayor in the March 15 election, said Jupiter residents wanted a change. He said he does not expect the town to shift to a more pro-development stance with the exit of Golonka.
“The town has strong codes and restrictions in place,” said Wodraska.
The five-person town council — all men — will now have two newcomers, Posner and Ron Delaney, who was elected March 15. The other three members, Jim Kuretski, Ilan Kaufer and Wodraska, are incumbents.
“The message I got loud and clear from the public is they want to slow down development. That’s what I plan to support on the council,” said Delaney.
The new council will be more responsive to the public, said Jimmy Burg, owner of the Square Grouper who ran for mayor and lost in 2010.
“This council will listen to all sides. I may not agree with what they decide. But I can live with that,” said Burg.
The runoff between Golonka and Posner was required because neither won 50 percent of the vote on March 15. The runoff cost the town about $35,000.
Golonka raised $17,345. Posner raised $41,262. The position pays $18,600 annually.
To see the full campaign contribution reports, go to jupiter.fl.us.
Here are the names of contributors who gave at least $500 during the last campaign reporting period between March 3 - March 24, according to town records:
Golonka: Herbert Baum; Karen Baum; Mike Grella; Ed O’Sullivan; NorthPac II and S. Ashworth Lankler.
Posner: Otto DiVosta; Betty DiVosta; Courtney Murphy; Steve Inglis; Mako Appraisal Inc.; Donald Hearing; Dick Witham; Dan Zucchi and Scott Smith.
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