LAKE WORTH — Mayor Pam Triolo has until December to file her re-election papers, but she’s not waiting that long.
Triolo, first elected in 2011, said she plans to have her papers filed this afternoon.
“I’m excited and I want to make sure things keep moving forward,” Triolo said. “I want to make sure our road projects get done properly and I want to oversee things that I started and make sure they come to fruition in a way in which our constitutents are happy.”
LAKE WORTH — The Neighborhood Association Presidents Council is scheduled to host a Candidate Forum tonight at the Lake Worth Playhouse.
In District 2, Omari Hardy, a civics teacher at Roosevelt Middle School and William Joseph, a private investigator, will face off against Christopher McVoy. Meanwhile, consultant fundraiser Maryann Polizzi, Herman Robinson, a community organizer and Ellie Whittey, once a senior executive secretary to former Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana are running for the District 4 seat now held by Ryan Maier, who is not seeking another term.
LAKE WORTH — City Commissoners at tonight’s meeting are expected to vote on a charter refereundum election on extending commissioners’ terms from two to three years.
If the ordinance passes, the question will be placed on the March 14 municipal general election ballot.
Candidates running for mayor and commissioner from Districts 1 and 3 will be for three-year terms starting March 2018. Candidates running for commissioner from Districts 2 and 4 will be for three-year terms beginning March 2019.
The ordinance does not extend the term for any current commissioner. If tonight’s ordinance passes, a public hearing will be held Jan. 10.
Dozens of would-be voters who are not registered as a Democrat or Republican have realized today that Florida is a closed-primary state and they cannot vote, says PBC Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher.
Florida law requires voters to be party affiliated at least 29 days in advance of a primary. That was by Feb. 16, Bucher said.
“We have dozens and they’re really mad. Traditionally they haven’t voted in primaries,” Bucher said.
In Lake Worth, there were no major lines throughout the morning at any of the downtown or surrounding polling places. While the presidential primaries have put Florida in the national spotlight, the posters and supporters for the local election for the city outnumbered familiar names like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Todd Townsend, a 7-year Lake Worth resident, said he’s supporting Frank McAlonan, Diane Jacques — who is Townsend’s neighbor — and Ryan Hartman. He said he’s worried about “career politicians” who don’t listen to residents.
“We have career politicians in our small town and we want to keep it a small town,” he said.
Townsend, a self-described green anarchist, said environmental issues such as Lake Okeechobee discharges are what continue to bring him out to the polls.
As far as the primaries, Townsend said he voted for Bernie Sanders.
“I like Hillary. I’ve always liked Hillary. But I’m voting for Bernie,” he said.
A woman, who didn’t want to give her name, said two of her biggest reasons for getting out to vote are overdevelopment and building heights in Lake Worth. In her 11 years as a resident, she said she’s seen private companies try and come in and build up the city and is worried the current officials may make the beaches private with all the development.