If there was ever a city where elections had consequences, it’s Boynton Beach.
Voters will elect a new mayor and two new commissioners, choices that will be important in a city that has a weak mayor form of government and relies heavily on the city manager and city attorney to enact policies and procedures. programs.
Although the town is generally well-run, it faces challenges in its fiasco in the town square and in responding to a town police officer’s decision to pursue a 13-year-old off-road cyclist, resulting in the death of the teenager. Both issues will require a City Commission willing to think outside the box and consider new ways to move Boynton Beach forward.
The following are endorsements from The Palm Beach Post.
Mayor — Ty thinkga
In a contest featuring four candidates for the city’s highest office, Boynton Beach voters have only one choice: Commissioner Ty Penserga has the job experience and the best grasp of the issues and for that alone , he should be elected mayor.
Penserga, 33, first won a dais seat as commissioner representing District 4 in 2019. If elected mayor, he would be willing to work with the city manager in the controversy over the police chase and resolve the city’s legal dispute in the development of the city square. project, and to ensure that the city does not find itself in a similar situation with other promoters. It would also work to improve public safety, address infrastructure needs and support local businesses.
Three other candidates are in the running. Golene Gordon, 48, a real estate agent and chair of the community redevelopment agency’s advisory board, is running for mayor for the second time. She has experience in municipal administration, but not enough to become mayor.
Bernard Wright and Cindy Falco-DiCorrado are also candidates for the race, but The Palm Beach Post chose not to consider either candidate for endorsement due to statements and activities that showed them unsuitable. to hold a position.
District 1 — Grégory Hartmann
Unlike the mayoral race, the contest to replace limited-time commissioner Justin Katz features two candidates who can take the seat. Voters are expected to choose Hartmann, an energetic newcomer who would be better suited to the challenges facing the city.
Hartmann is a 36-year-old graphic designer and small business owner. He knows the city’s issues well and adopts a frank and assertive approach to the issues. Among his priorities: solving the Town Square project, working with landlords to redesign the Boynton Beach mall, better paying the city police and finding ways to attract festivals on Ocean Avenue near City Hall that would go normally in Delray Beach.
Angela Cruz, 31, who has worked for the US Department of Agriculture and the IRS, is quite capable of serving as city commissioner. She has worked on several advisory boards and has earned numerous endorsements due to her work. But in this race, we think Hartmann would be a more independent if less diplomatic voice, with a clearer vision for the city and, more importantly, the zeal to turn those ideas into reality.
Borough 3 — Courtlandt McQuire
This race features two newcomers hoping to take over from term-limited Christina Romelus. Although both candidates know the issues facing the city and district, the Post recommends McQuire. His work as chairman of the city’s arts advisory board, his knowledge of neighborhood concerns, and his ideas to help promote the city give him an edge.
McQuire, 52, runs an ad agency and owns a nightclub in Miami, but it’s his ideas for his neighborhood and his city that stand out. He would deal with crime and flooding in the district. In addition to promoting the arts, McQuire would promote the city and improve community engagement through better communications, seek to introduce free WI-FI, and work to start a community television station to promote city activities. .
Marit E. Hedeen is the other candidate in the race. She is a 52-year-old business owner who has advocated for better downtown development, public safety, and using code enforcement to keep neighborhoods clean. In this race, however, McQuire is the candidate who best understands the issues facing the city and district.