Endorsements: Post picks in 15 municipalities for Tuesday’s races


It’s Election Day, Tuesday.

And because many voters are still suffering from “ballot fatigue” from last November’s often hyperbolic and hysterical presidential contest, a reticence to go to the polls four months later is understandable. But go we must.

Why? Because the outcome of dozens of races in 21 Palm Beach County municipalities — including several mayoral — will have more immediate impact on the lives of the county’s 1.5 million residents than last fall’s contest.

To be sure, local races aren’t really known for great turnout. But that’s the point.

“It’s really kind of disappointing, to be honest,” one first-time municipal candidate told the Post Editorial Board. “People complain about not wanting their property taxes to go up, but won’t participate in the election that decides who can change your property taxes.”

Indeed. After all, President Donald J. Trump isn’t exactly worried about the future of the A.G. Holley site in Lantana — much less its airport. Boca Raton’s traffic congestion issues aren’t about to grab his administration’s attention. And neither is Jupiter’s back-and-forth over the future of its beloved Inlet Village.

There are also ballot questions in four municipalities, most notably in Lake Worth, where voters will be asked whether the town’s mayor and commissioners should serve three-year, instead of two-year terms beginning in March 2018.

Who does care about these issues — or professes to — are the nearly 100 candidates running in more than three dozen municipal races today.

They deserve our attention. All that’s left is to vote.

Here are the Post’s endorsements in 15 municipalities’ races on Tuesday:

JUPITER

— Council Dist. 1: Wayne Posner

— Council Dist. 2: Ben Klug

BOYNTON BEACH

— Commission Dist. 2: Mack McCray

LAKE CLARKE SHORES

— Council Group II: Paul R. Shalhoub

NORTH PALM BEACH

— Council Group 2: Susan Bickel

LAKE PARK

— Mayor: Michael O’Rourke

— Commission: Roger D. Michaud

GREENACRES

— Mayor: Jonathan Pearce

— Council Dist. 5: Michael D. Albert

LANTANA

— Council Group 3: Tom Deringer

— Council Group 4: Philip Aridas

HIGHLAND BEACH

— Mayor: Ronald D. Brown

— Commission: Melissa Ebbs; Barry Donaldson

HYPOLUXO

— Mayor: Michael Brown

BOCA RATON

— Mayor: Susan Haynie

— Council Seat A: Scott Singer

— Council Seat B: Andrea O’Rourke

LAKE WORTH

— Commission Dist. 2: Omari Jamal-Hatchett Hardy

— Commission Dist. 4: Maryann Polizzi

PALM BEACH GARDENS

— Council Group 1: Mark Marciano

— Council Group 3: Matthew Lane

— Council Group 5: Rachelle Litt

OCEAN RIDGE

— Commission: Don MaGruder; Nan Yablong

ROYAL PALM BEACH

— Council Seat 2: David Swift

— Council Seat 4: Renatta Adan-Espinoza

DELRAY BEACH

— Commission Seat 2: Jim Chard

— Commission Seat 4: Shirley Johnson



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