One of the issues in this year’s Mangonia Park town council election: whether the town should exist at all.
At least two of five candidates in contested seats say they’d favor just folding the 0.7-square-mile town, population 2,300, into its neighbor.
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Mangonia Park Town Council (all seats 3-year terms. Council members paid $1,000 per month)
Sarita C. Johnson(i) (unopposed)
Name: Clarence McConnell (i)
Personal: 70. Married, four children
Education: High School.
Political: Failed city council bid, 1992. Appointed in 1993; reelected each year since.
Issues: Opposes annexing into West Palm Beach. Opposes contracting with other city for water. Favors clsoing down 45th Street Flea Market.
Name: Edward Earl Smith
Personal: 52. Married, Two children.
Education: High School.
Professional: Warehouse manager. Twenty-six years active and reserves, U.S. Army.
Political: First run for public office.
Issues: Opposes annexing into West Palm Beach. Says city needs to strengthen, and better enforce, its codes. Favors closing flea market.
Name: Ariyan Ahipanah
Personal: Age 34. Married, no children.
Education: Hospitality Management; Christian University of Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Graduate of United States Army Intelligence School.
Professional: Disabled veteran, U.S. Army (Afghanistan). Worked in managmeent, Marriott, Hilton, and Best Western hotels.
Political: first attempt.
Issues: Create new policies to accommodate recruitment of new businesses and create a healthier and more business-friendly environment. Improve quality of the water and sewer services through intercity cooperation. Develop Jai-Alai fronton site.
Name: Kelisha Buchanan-Webb
Personal: Age: 35. Married, four children
Education: Pursuing B.S. in early childhood education.
Professional: Owner and operator, NeicyKelis Teder Loving Child Care Center
Political: First attempt
Issues: Assuring residents have clean and safe places for recreation, play. Facilitating job fairs and job training courses. Keeping neighborhoods and streets beautiful. Making town meetings more open to dialogue.
Name: Addie L. Greene (i)
Personal: 71. Divorced; no children.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Ala., master’s degree, Florida A&M University.
Professional: Retired college professor and schoolteacher. Former executive director, Palm Beach County Caucus of Black Elected Officials
Political: Mangonia Park council member, 2011-2014; Palm Beach County Commissioner, 2000-09; member, Florida House, 1992-2000; Mangonia Park City Council, 1986-1992 (mayor 1991-1992).
Issues: Jai-alai fronton on 45th Street should be turned into a casino; improve water quality in the town; secure grants so that residents with septic tanks can get sewer service.