Candidates for mayor and city commissioner found themselves contending with many of the same issues that have vexed their predecessors, some going back for years:
— How to develop the city they call “The Village by the Sea” without losing its character.
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Term: Two years Salary: $12,000 annually
Thomas Carney (i)
Personal: 59, married.
Education: BS, Spring Hill College. Juris Doctor, Boston College Law School, LLM, Georgetown University Law School.
Professional: Partner, Carney Stanton; former founder of Carney Bank and Carney Legal Group; former tax counsel; Ways and Means committee, U.S. House of Representatives; legislative attorney, Internal Revenue Service .
Political: Delray city commissioner, 2011-2012, vice mayor, 2012-2013; Community Redevelopment Agency, chairman 2008-2011.
Issues: Jobs and economic development. Drafted an ordinance to regulate sober houses. Supports bringing all city agencies, CRA, housing authority and Downtown Development Agency under Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics. Wants to reinstitute town hall meetings twice a year. Supports bidding out city contracts.
Personal: 53, divorced, three children.
Education: BA, University of Hawaii, JD, University of Miami.
Professional: home builder, attorney.
Political: first time candidate, member and chairman of Planning and Zoning Board.
Issues: Opposes awarding of no-bid contract for city garbage services; supports sustainable solutions to preserve city’s character, fiscal discipline, jobs and schools.
Commission Seat 3
Term: two years Salary: $9,000 annually
Personal: 52, married, two sons, Delray Beach resident 30 years.
Education: Some college, trade school.
Professional: AC tech, television production, welder and real estate.
Political: First-time candidate.
Issues: Lack of decision-making on the commission. Resolve budget issues. More activities for teenagers. More jobs. Improve West Atlantic Avenue.
Personal: 39, single.
Education: Some college.
Professional: Licensed real-estate broker.
Issues: Attract new businesses; support existing businesses. Keep residents safe. Smart economic growth and community development. Wants strict regulatory standards for transient housing and sober houses.
Personal: 49, married, four sons .
Education: Degree in finance, risk management from Florida State University.
Professional: Real estate broker.
Political: First-time candidate; Delray Beach Housing Authority commissioner.
Issues: Supports balancing city budget, stopping no-bid contracts, expanding development past east Atlantic Avenue, focusing on West Atlantic and Congress Avenue corridors. Supports only development that maintains the city’s character.
Delray Beach Charter amendments
Clarify and enhance the readability of the charter (Ordinance No. 35-12 / Section 8): Proposes to amend the city’s charter to clarify, correct grammatical errors and enhance the charter’s readability.
Change the length of the mayor and commission terms (Ordinance No. 36-12): Would provide for a change in the length of a Commissioner’s term from two years to three years and not extending the maximum number of consecutive years — six — that a commissioner or mayor is allowed to serve.
Extension of consecutive year term limits (commissioner elected to serve as mayor) (Ordinance No. 38-12): Currently, any city commissioner that assumes the office of mayor cannot exceed the maximum of three, two-year terms. The proposed amendment provides that the time a person spent as a commissioner will not count towards the term limit for mayor, if the person assumes the office of mayor directly from the office of commissioner.
City Manager Compensation (Ordinance No. 39-12): Removes charter language that prohibits a reduction in the city manager’s salary.
Voting Procedure Change (Ordinance No. 01-13 ): Would permit the city commission to adopt voting procedures and rules for all city commission meetings. Additionally, this proposed amendment would remove the current requirement that all commission votes must be made in the affirmative (“yes”). The commission would maintain the need to obtain three concurring votes on any action for it to be approved or not approved.
Economic development: Property tax exemptions to qualified businesses (Ordinance No. 44-12): Enables the city commission to grant property tax exemptions to new businesses as well as growing or existing businesses that create new, full-time employment opportunities. This incentive is available to local governments by the state constitution, provided it is approved by referendum.