Meet the candidates: Boca’s Beach and Parks District Seat 3


We reached out to the candidates vying for seats on Boca’s Beach and Parks District commission. Each candidate was asked the same set of questions. Current Commissioner Earl Starkoff declined to participate.
Challenger: Erin Wright
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Your age, how long you have lived in the district, your profession, your family.
I am 37 years old. I have been a Boca Raton resident for 31 years.  I attended Saint Andrew’s School, Stetson University then received my Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University. Currently, my husband (Boca Raton Firefighter) and I own and run Wright Way Home Inspections here in Boca.  I am also a stay at home mom to my two boys, Austin (6) and Colby (3).
2. Why are you running for office?
This is my hometown. I’ve lived here for 31 of my 37 years. I’m a successful small business owner, married to a boca raton city firefighter. I would not be who I am today if it wasn’t for the sports I played growing up at these parks. I played every program we had: SABR, TEAM BOCA, Softball, tennis and basketball. It got me a Division I soccer scholarship to Stetson. I owe much to the beaches and parks of boca. This is my chance to give back to the community that gave me so much. I feel that having a new, fresh face on the commission that is familiar with the need and wants of the growing population of younger families within the district will make a big impact.
3. What are the top three issues you want to address in the district if elected?
Top three issues that would address immediately if elected would be the communication or lack there of, start a discussion with the city regarding Ocean Breeze and start discussion among the commission members on what can be done to utilize Ocean Strand.
4. What do you see as the district’s biggest challenge? What do you see as the district;s biggest opportunity?
One of the main issues plaguing the commission is poor communication.  Having individuals on the commission with agendas of their own creates a discourse between the city and the commission.  I have NO AGENDA.  I can be a team player on the commission that creates transparency and consistency.  The city council, parks and recreation department and the commission should all have one goal in mind….making the best part of boca better for everyone.  My opponent has suggested hiring a facilities manager for the Greater Beach and Parks District.  Micromanaging the city is not the way to create trust and a true partnership.  If I will the election, I will be the new voice for our young families in the community and speak up in regards to opening lines these of communication. Biggest Opportunity would be to get involved in Ocean Breeze.  The commission should step up and help the city purchase and run the golf course for the residents.
5. What is your favorite park?
My favorite park would be Red Reef.  Love going there with the kiddos and on my own to relax and do my training swims.