Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday for municipal elections and referendums in 15 Palm Beach County municipalities stretching from Palm Beach Gardens to Highland Beach and west to Pahokee.
In Boynton Beach, 14 candidates are running for mayor and three open commission seats following a year of scandals that included the suspension of Mayor José Rodriguez after his arrest on corruption charges and the Dec. 4 resignation of former Commissioner Marlene Ross.
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Candidates and ballot questions
Boynton Beach :
Mayor (3-year term)
District I (3-year term)
David T. Merker
District III: (3-year term)
Gaylord “Allan” Hendricks
District IV (1-year term)
Donald L. Scantlan
Proposed Boynton Charter amendments:
No. 1: Provide for designation of geographic boundaries for voting districts every ten (10) years: The current City Charter provides for the designation of geographic boundaries for each voting district every four (4) years. Shall the Charter be amended to provide for the designation of geographic boundaries for voting districts commencing ninety (90) days after the issuance of the 2020 census report and every ten (10) years thereafter?
No. 2: Candidates for municipal office shall reside in the district for which they are seeking office: A Commissioner must reside in their district at the time of their election. The Charter makes no provision addressing a change in boundaries of districts. Shall the Charter be amended to provide that a member of the Commission be permitted to retain office until the end of their term if a boundary change results in the Commissioner no longer being a resident of the district to which they were elected?
No. 3: Adopt revised charter to delete obsolete charter provisions and provide for non-substantive changes: Shall the Charter be renumbered and revised to eliminate ineffective language, fix grammatical errors, delete provisions which are superseded or preempted by state law, and reorganized to consolidate related subject matters?
No. 4: Provide for 50 percent plus one of the votes in order to be elected: The current City Charter provides for a runoff election when a candidate with the highest number of votes receives less than 35% of the votes cast. This new rule for runoffs would first take effect March 2014. Should the Charter be amended to require that a winning candidate receive fifty percent (50%) plus one of the votes cast in an election even if a runoff election is required?
Seat 1 (2-year term)
Shelly E. Petrolia
Alexander C. Christopher
Seat 5 (2-year term)
Thomas F. Carney (i)
Cary D. Glickstein
Delray Beach Charter amendments
Clarify and enhance the readability of the charter ordinance: 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: Would provide for a change in the length of a Commissioner’s term from two (2) years to three (3) years and not extending the maximum number of consecutive years [six (6)] that a Commissioner or Mayor is allowed to serve.
Extension of consecutive-year term limits: Currently, any City Commissioner that assumes the Office of Mayor cannot exceed the maximum of three, two (2) year terms. The proposed Charter 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: Removes Charter language that prohibits a reduction in the City Manager’s salary.
Voting procedure change: Would permit the City Commission to adopt voting procedures/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 (3) concurring votes on any action for it to be approved/not approved would remain as stated within the Charter.
Economic development: Property tax exemptions to qualified businesses: Enables the City Commission to grant property tax exemptions to new businesses as well as growing/existing businesses that create new, full-time employment opportunities in the Delray Beach. This incentive is available to local governments by Section 3, Article VII of the State Constitution provided it is approved by referendum.
At large seats; top five vote-getters win
Michael Botos (i)
Robert C. Buchanan
Robert D. Chapin
J. Marshall Duane III (i)
Thomas Lynch (i)
Cynthia Ottaway (i)
At-large seat; 3-year term
Shall the Town of Highland Beach amend its Charter at Section 1.05 regarding the Town’s General Corporate Authority, Section 1.06 regarding Term Limits, Section 1.07 regarding Commission Meetings, Section 2.01 regarding Land Clearance and Littering, Sections 3.03 and 3.04 regarding Commissioners’ Responsibilities for the Town, Sections 4.01 and 4.03 regarding the Hiring, Firing and Discipline of the Police Chief and Town Clerk, and Section 9.03 regarding the Limitations of Legal Action Against the Town.
(All seats at large; top 4 vote-getters win, 3-year terms)
Kimberly Glas Castro
Steve Hockman (i)
LakeWorth voters will decide whether to approve two charter questions during a March 12 special election. Here are the questions as they will appear on the ballot:
No. 1: Elections for members of the city commission to be held in March: The present Charter provides that elections for members of the city commission are to be held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November each year. The Commission has proposed that commencing with the 2013 election the elections for members of the city commission will be held the second Tuesday in March each year. Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
No. 2: Amending charter building height limits in designated downtown area, with exceptions: Should the Charter be amended to limit building height to 45 feet between Golfview Road and F Street and 35 feet between F Street and A Street within a designated downtown area (between a southern boundary of 1st Avenue South; northern boundary of 2nd Avenue North; western boundary of A Street North and South; and an eastern boundary of Golfview Road North and South), providing exceptions for existing buildings and already approved building permits? Shall the above described amendment be adopted?
Council Group 2 (3-year term)
Jim Rockett (i)
Mayor (3-year term)
James Sasser (i)
Henry Crawford, Jr.
Commission Seat 2 (3-year term)
Lewis Pope III
Diane Walker (i)
Commission Seat 1 (3-year term)
Allie Biggs (i)
Matthew Lovette II
Palm Beach Gardens
Group 4 (3-year term)
Palm Beach Shores
(Two at-large seats; top two vote-getters win. 2-year terms)
Roby DeReuil (i)
Shall the charter of the town of Palm Beach Shores be amended to add a new provision that would prohibit the town from selling, leasing for more than a two year period of time, or otherwise divesting itself of town owned real property without prior voter approval by referendum?
Mayor (2-year term)
Thomas Masters (i)
Shelby L. Lowe
District 1 (2-year term)
Elizabeth Pertee Robinson
District 3 (2-year term)
Rodney R. Roberts
Cedrick Thomas (i)
District 5 (2-year term)
Terence “TD” Davis
Royal Palm Beach
Village Council Seat 2 (2-year term)
Martha Webster (i)
Village Council Seat 4 (2-year term)
Fred Pinto (i)
West Palm Beach
District 5 (1-year term)
Shanon Materio (i)