LAKE WORTH — The six candidates vying for two City Commission district seats Monday night participated in a wide-ranging Candidate Forum at the Lake Worth Playhouse that covered a variety of issues, including sober homes, crime and increasing term lengths.
Running in District 2 are Omari Hardy, a civics teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, William Joseph, a private investigator and incumbent Christopher McVoy. In District 4, a seat now held by Ryan Maier who is not seeking reelection are Maryann Polizzi, a consultant fundraiser, community organizer Herman Robinson and Ellie Whittey, a former entrepreneur and one-time senior executive to former Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vanna.
During the forum, which lasted more than two hours and was hosted by the Neighborhood Association Presidents Council, the candidates fielded 17 questions that were previously submitted by residents. The candidates were then allowed to ask one “yes” or “no” question of their fellow candidates.
Asked whether the candidates were satisfied with the communication between residents and elected officials, all six said they weren’t.
“We can do better,” Robinson said. “Communication is key.”
McVoy said there needs to be more transparency in making city information available to the public.
Whittey recommended more staff training and better use of social media.
As for building a spring training baseball facility in John Prince Park, west of Lake Worth, only Whittey supported the idea.
“It takes money to make money,” she said. “Do you know what kind of revenue it would bring?”
Hardy said he would never vote for such a proposal if it ever came before the commission.
“We can’t use public funds to build a baseball stadium,” he said.
Polizzi said the city doesn’t have the money for such a project.
“Lake Worth should not be responsible for a baseball field,” she said. “That should be Palm Beach County.”
Check back later for a full report on tonight’s forum