Boca Raton Holds Municipal Elections, Adds One New Face To Council

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By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer

The Monday after Easter, on April 2 at 10:30 a.m. in Council Chambers, Boca City Council will swear in its newly-elected council members from the March 13 Municipal Election – as well as choosing a Deputy Mayor and CRA Chair.

Newcomer Monica Mayotte will be sworn in as Seat D Council Member and incumbent Seat C Council Member Jeremy Rodgers will both be sworn in– for three-year terms.

Final local numbers as of Wednesday, March 14:

Jeremy Rodgers 54.62 percent or 5,138 votes

Kim Do 45.38 percent or 4,269 votes

Total 9,407 votes cast for Boca City Council Seat C (3-year term)

Monica Mayotte 65.73 percent or 6,231 votes

Armand Grossman 28.91 percent or 2,741 votes

Paul G. Preste 5.36 percent or 508 votes

Total 9,480 votes cast for Boca City Council Seat D (3-year term)

Boca Raton was not the only municipality that held elections last month. Others included Atlantis, Belle Glade, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Juno Beach and Lake Worth (which was electing a Mayor. Pam Triolo took 73.06 percent of the vote over Drew A. Martin’s 26.94 percent in Lake Worth.)

Most cities were electing new council members or commissioners. Greenacres and Highland Beach also had a number of voter questions – Greenacres had six, Highland Beach had one. Highland Beach was electing a Vice Mayor/Commissioner. (Alysen Africano-Nila took 62 percent of the vote over Bill Weitz with 38 percent.)

At the polls

Of 64,585 registered voters in Boca Raton, just under 9,500 actually came out to vote in the March Election.

At the Center For Spiritual Living (formerly Science of the Mind) polling place at 2 SW 12 Ave. in Boca, poll worker Leo reported a steady turnout of at least a handful of people each hour. At 1:45 p.m. on Election Tuesday, close to 165 had voted, he said.

Jay, holding up a Monica Mayotte sign outside the polling place said it began getting busy after lunch. “I’ve been here since noon. I’m surprised. I thought that would be the big turnout. Now, since 1:30 p.m. [there are more people coming in]… I’m getting a lot of thumbs up from holding up this sign,” he added.

By 5:30 p.m., close to 250 had voted at this location.

Next election(s)

Mayor Susan Haynie and Robert Weinroth are both running for the Palm Beach County Commission District 4 seat currently held by Steven Abrams. Abrams won’t be running again for this seat as he is term-limited. (His four-year term began in November 2014 and will end

in November 2018.)

The Primary for Palm Beach County Commission is Aug. 28, 2018. General Election is Nov. 6, 2018. (Qualifying is from noon on June 18 thru June 22, 2018.)

If Mayor Haynie wins the Palm Beach County Commissioner’s seat, her term there would begin on Nov. 20, 2018. (Her term as Mayor of Boca ends in March 2020.)

She is required to submit a letter of resignation as Mayor 10 days before the qualifying date of the County’s election. The resignation must be effective no later than the date she would take office (Nov. 20, 2018), whether elected or not.

According to the City Charter, if the office of Mayor becomes vacant for any reason, a Special Election will be held. [If there is a Uniform Municipal election scheduled within 150 days of the vacancy, a Special Election will be held concurrently (at the same time).]

For the period before the Special Election, the office of Deputy Mayor would succeed to the office of Mayor. Because this succession would create a vacancy on the Council, the Council, by majority vote, may appoint a qualified person to temporarily fill such a vacancy until the office of Mayor is filled by Election.

As of press time, announced candidates for Mayor are: Scott Singer, Bernard Korn, Glenn Gromann. Possible Boca Raton Mayoral Election (1-year term) is slated for March 12, 2019.