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:


— Council Dist. 1: Wayne Posner

— Council Dist. 2: Ben Klug


— Commission Dist. 2: Mack McCray


— Council Group II: Paul R. Shalhoub


— Council Group 2: Susan Bickel


— Mayor: Michael O’Rourke

— Commission: Roger D. Michaud


— Mayor: Jonathan Pearce

— Council Dist. 5: Michael D. Albert


— Council Group 3: Tom Deringer

— Council Group 4: Philip Aridas


— Mayor: Ronald D. Brown

— Commission: Melissa Ebbs; Barry Donaldson


— Mayor: Michael Brown


— Mayor: Susan Haynie

— Council Seat A: Scott Singer

— Council Seat B: Andrea O’Rourke


— Commission Dist. 2: Omari Jamal-Hatchett Hardy

— Commission Dist. 4: Maryann Polizzi


— Council Group 1: Mark Marciano

— Council Group 3: Matthew Lane

— Council Group 5: Rachelle Litt


— Commission: Don MaGruder; Nan Yablong


— Council Seat 2: David Swift

— Council Seat 4: Renatta Adan-Espinoza


— Commission Seat 2: Jim Chard

— Commission Seat 4: Shirley Johnson

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