The city commission is guaranteed of some new faces after the March 12 election, with 10 people running for three of the four commission seats. The city says it well could be the busiest ballot ever.
And commissioners are talking about the same thing. Just look at some of the campaign brochures:
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Term: Until March 2016. Salary: $22,257 annually
Personal: Age 35. Married, one daughter. Education: Graduate, Florida Atlantic University.
Professional: Homemaker. Real estate broker and appraiser.
Political: First attempt at political office.
Issues: “I have real time experience here in Boynton Beach. We need a professional here.” Approves of performance of city manager Lori LaVerriere but worries about her pay when other employees haven’t had raise in years. Would like to see more private citizens on CRA board.
David T. Merker
Personal: Age 67. Single, no children. Education: Graduate, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Professional: Insurance executive. Radio host, New York City, 2001-2008
Political: Councilman, Fort Lee, N.J., 1978 to 1980.
Issues: “When a city’s in trouble, what do you need? You need new ideas and experience.” Prefers more independent people than commissioners on CRA board. Prefers Jerry Taylor for mayor.
Term: Until March 2016. Salary: $22,257 annually
Personal: Age 35. Married. No children. Education: Graduate, Florida Atlantic University
Political: First attempt at elected office. Served on city planning and development board, code compliance advisory board, charter review committee.
Issues: “The people who are our government are not doing the job of the people. If they were, we woudl be a lot further down the road on many issues.” Believes commissioners aren’t accessible enough. Not endorsing any other candidates.
Personal: Age 59. Married; one grown son. Education: Two degrees, Florida Atlantic University
Professional: Fire lieutenant/paramedic, Boynton Beach Fire-Rescue. Former union representative. Former independent contractor.
Political: Unsuccessful bid for State House, 1988. Coordinated construction of “Kids Kingdom” playground next to Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center.
Issues: “You can’t feel happy and prosperous if you don’t feel safe. The most intractable problem facing the city is our crime. We need to get it under control, and from that, economic development will flow.” If elected, will retire from fire department. Will not be beholden to firefighters. Would not close down Fire Station 1. Opposes county takeover of fire-rescue. Approves of city manager Lori LaVerriere’s performance. Prefers Jerry Taylor for mayor, but no official endorsement.
Personal: Age 76. Divorced, two grown children. Education: Graduate, Palm Beach State College, Florida Atlantic University
Professional: Retired Boynton Beach engineering department analyst. Retired mortgage lender. Retired developer.
Political: Commissioner, South Lake Worth Inlet District, 1988-1996.
Issues “I support a civil, cooperative commission.” Supported making Lori LaVerriere city manager but would have waited to approve pay raise until new commission came in. Does not prefer or endorse other candidates.
Personal: Age 52. Single, no children. Education: Graduate, University of Florida
Professional: Landscape architect.
Political: First attempt at political office. Worked with Equality Florida equal rights group, 2006-2012.
Issues: “I’ll be bringing my time and talents to redevelopment of our east side and improvement of our neighborhoods.” Wants to make the development of empty lots in downtown, and improvement of District II neighborhoods, a top priority. Not supporting other candidates. Says city needs to do more to manage its image.
Term: Until March 2014. Salary: $22,257 annually
Personal: Age 61.Married, one daughter. Education: Graduate, Quinsigamond Community College
Professional: Retired fire lieutenant. Retired electrical contractor.
Political: Unsuccessful bid for Worcester, Mass., city council, 2009.
Issues: “It’s time to tell the business community Boynton Beach’s open again.” Supports City Manager Lori LaVerriere but would have approved a lower raise. Not prefering or endorsing other candidates. Believes police need a new headquarters.
Personal: Age 56 . Divorced; one grown daughter. Education: Attended Prairie State College.
Professional: Owner, Boynton Beach Realty.
Political: First attempt at public office. Vice chair, city planning and development board.
Issues: “We have so much potential if we could get the right people together, the right unity. We’ve seen Delray Beach (and) even Lake Worth doing such a great job. We should be at, or exceeding, where any of those towns are.” Wants development strategies to merge east and west sides of city; says current plans are compartmentalized. Supports Holzman for mayor, but says Holzman should start communicating with Lori LaVerriere.
Personal: Age 32. Married, one daughter. Education: Graduate: University of Florida, Stetson University Law School.
Political: First attempt at elected office. Member, city planning and development board.
Issues: “The city needs stability, stability, stability, stability.” Believes city has been run “like a circus.” Not supporting other candidates. Would rather see more appointees on CRA board. Probably will support megachurch opening a campus at Boynton Beach Mall.
Donald L. Scantlan
Personal: Age 56. Married, two grown children. Education: Graduate: Air Force Institute of Technology, Naval War College.
Professional: Director, Performance Workforce Alliance. Previously, 23 years in U.S. Army
Political: Unsuccessful bid for District IV seat, 2011.
Issues: “Our No. 1 priority is economic development.” Would have waited until after election to vote on making Lori LaVerriere city manager outright; would have done a search. Would not settle Lisa Bright lawsuit. Not supporting other candidates. Supports current makeup of CRA board but says the agency should be eliminated at some point. Favors keeping Fire Station 1.
1. Districts: would revise commission district boundaries every 10 years, as the federal census comes out, instead of changing every four years and using census estimates.
2. Moving: would require a commissioner live in his or her district on Election Eay but allow the commissioner to keep his or her seat if the city shifts a district boundary in a way that moves the home outside district boundaries.
3. Language: a housekeeping measure to clean up some charter language.
4. Majority: would require a candidate get a majority of votes instead of the current 35 percent.