2018 Boca Raton election: Rodgers keeps seat; Mayotte wins soundly

A Boca Raton councilman will keep his seat on the city’s highest board while a race with three candidates and no incumbents yielded a victory for political newcomer Monica Mayotte.

With all precincts reporting in Tuesday’s municipal election, Councilman Jeremy Rodgers appears to have defeated political novice Kim Do for Boca Raton City Council Seat C.

Mayotte, an environmental sustainability consultant, soundly defeated Grossman, a retired educator who briefly ran for city council in 2015 before dropping the bid, and Paul Preste, a doctor, for Council Seat D.

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More than 6,600 votes were counted in the election.

The council will be responsible for issues such as crowded schools, development in the city’s urban areas and downtown traffic and parking.

The council will also decide what to do with the $65 million the city pocketed from the recent sale of its municipal golf course on Glades Road west of Florida’s Turnpike to a home developer.

Rodgers, a Navy veteran who works in the technology industry, said he wants to continue advocating for public school safety and expansion, improving parks and guiding smart growth.

Rodgers, 39, supports saving the $65 million while leaders explore the best ways to spend the hefty sum.

“I think there’s no rush to spend it,” Rodgers told The Palm Beach Post during the campaign.

Some of the money, Rodgers said, could go toward a retractable roof at Mizner Park Amphitheater, underfunded city pensions and the planned redevelopment of the downtown munipal complex including City Hall.

Rodgers could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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The three-way race for Seat D pitted Mayotte, 55, against two challengers who joined the race late after an apparent political shake-up that involves the coming Palm Beach County Commission race.

Mayotte initially faced Councilman Robert Weinroth, who withdrew from the race on the final day of the city’s qualifying period to run for Palm Beach County Commission against one-time ally Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie.

Haynie, facing criticism for her past ties to a local developer, was expected to withdraw from the county race to make way for Weinroth. But the plan fell through, and they now both are vying for the County Commission seat, The Post reported.

Shortly after Weinroth withdrew, Grossman, 75, filed to run for council.

During the campaign, Mayotte called the last-minute challenge “political jockeying.”

Mayotte, who filed to run for office six months ago, said Tuesday evening that residents saw past the politics when they elected her.

Mayotte raised just $79,000 since October — a fraction of Grossman’s $121,000 raised since January, records show.

“My heart was in it from the beginning,” she said. “I’ve been knocking on doors since December … I probably hit close to 3,000 households. That’s what it takes nowadays. You have to reach every resident.”

Mayotte has promised to hold developers responsible for paying “impact fees” to the school district when they add homes to the area. The fees are voluntary, but could help plans to alleviate crowding at most Boca Raton schools.

She also supports saving the city’s $65 million paycheck and holding outreach sessions with residents to decide how the money should be spent.

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