José Rodriguez is the most familiar name that won’t be on the ballot for mayor.
His arrest and suspension more than a year ago began a parade of infighting, deadlock, strife and incrimination, and led to calls for fresh air in Palm Beach County’s third-largest city.
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Term: Until March 2016. Salary: $25,926 annually
Personal: Age 34. Married. One daughter. Education: Graduate, University of Florida, University of Florida law school.
Professional: Attorney, president of legal-recruiting firm.
Political: Elected District III city commissioner in March 2010. Previously served on historical preservation board.
Issues: “I want to be the candidate that takes Boynton Beach to the future.” Often the sole “no” vote on issues, especially financial. Says city shouldn’t take on projects it can’t afford, or let in non-taxed entities. Had opposed interim City Manager Lori LaVerriere’s appointment as outright manager.
Personal: Age 29. Married, no children. Education: Graduate, Fort Lauderdale Art Institute.
Professional: Registered nurse
Political: First attempt at public office
Issues: No preference on other candidates; “I am ready to work with whomever wins the vacant seats to move Boynton Beach forward to a better and brighter direction.” Supports vote to make Lori LaVerriere city manager outright. Would not change current makeup of CRA board.
Personal: Age 87. Married, four grown children (one of those deceased). Education: Attended Rutgers University.
Professional: Retired New Jersey Bell lineman. Retired undersheriff, Somerset County. N.J.
Political: Served five years on township committee, Warren, N.J. Unsuccessful bid for Palm Beach County Sheriff, 2004; Boynton Beach mayor, 2010; Palm Beach County Commission, 2012.
Issues: Can’t say if would have made Lori LaVerriere city manager outright. Wants commission meetings televised. “We have 26 vacancies on the volunteer boards. People are resigning every day. Nobody wants to help. Everybody’s fed up.”
Personal: Age 77 . Married, five children (two of those deceased). Education: U.S. Air Force management schools.
Professional: Retired newspaper executive. Administrative assistant to Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty, 1992-2006
Political: Mayor 1995-1999, 2003-2010. interim District I commissioner, December 2012-March 2013.
Issues: “I know how to do this job. I’ve done it before.” Opposed allowing a church complex inside the Boynton Beach Mall. Would not oppose reverting to an independent CRA board. With lending rates now low, would move police headquarters to the fire-rescue complex at Gateway Boulevard and High Ridge Road. Supports District I city commission candidate David Merker.