West Palm Beach Commissioner Shanon Materio, who has represented the city’s South End since 2012, on Tuesday announced her run for reelection to the District 5 seat.
The commissioner made her announcement at a campaign kick-off party at EmKo on South Dixie Highway attended by more than 100 well-wishers, including U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, who named her to the city’s Art in Public Places Committee in 2007.
In addition to former mayor Frankel’s endorsement, Materio’s campaign for the nonpartisan post lists endorsements from 10 local officials, including State Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth), State Rep. Bobby Powell (D-West Palm Beach), State Rep. Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton), County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay and fellow West Palm Beach Commissioner Cory Neering.
In brief remarks, Materio said she drew inspiration from her recently deceased mother who raised her in “a household filled with conviction and compassion.”
West Palm Beach is a growing city that is “on the cusp of not just being a great city but a world class city,” she said. To achieve that goal, she said, neighborhood groups and the commission need to work together to improve infrastructure in all corners of the city, from parks to roads, and to help businesses expand.
“Revitalization of the Dixie Highway corridor is the key to our success,” she said, noting that she had helped get a $60,000 grant to study ways to improve it.
In addition to colleague Neering and Congresswoman Frankel, many local lights attended the event, including land use lawyer (and Commissioner Paula Ryan’s husband) Cliff Hertz, land use lawyer Harvey Oyer, Lake Worth Planning & Zoning Board Member Anthony Marotta, land planner Ken Tuma, West Palm Beach developer Michael McCloskey and Materio family members.
Materio is the owner and creative director of McMow Art Glass in Lake Worth. She was president of the South Olive Elementary Parent Teacher Organization from 1993 to 1996; a member of the Tropical Ridge Neighborhood Association since 2010; and a founder and board member of the South End Neighborhood Association from 2004 to 2010, including a term as president in 2005. She served on the Art in Public Places Committee from 2007-2012.
She was appointed to the city commission in 2012 after the death of incumbent Bill Moss and was elected to her first full term in 2013. The job pays $30,000 a year, plus benefits.
To date, Materio has no challengers for the March 2016 election.
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U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-West Palm Beach)
Florida Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth)
Florida Rep. Bobby Powell (D-West Palm Beach)
Florida House Representative Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton)
Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay (District 6)
West Palm Beach City Commissioner Cory Neering (District 1)
Palm Beach County School Board Member Erica Whitfield (District 4)
Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo
Lake Worth City Commissioner and Vice-Mayor Scott Maxwell (District 1)
Lake Worth City Commissioner Andy Amoroso (District 3)
Wellington Councilman Matt Willhite
SOURCE: Shanon Materio for West Palm Beach Commissioner District 5