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Boca Raton: At least four residents hope to fill empty council seat

By Steve Plunkett

The dust had barely settled over Mayor Susan Haynie’s suspension from office when City Council wannabes began opening campaign accounts to run for the resulting vacancy when Deputy Mayor Scott Singer assumed the mayor’s spot.

Haynie was suspended a little before 3 p.m. on April 27, a Friday.

Lawyer David Milledge filed his papers for Singer’s Seat A the following Wednesday, shortly before the city clerk’s office closed. Lawyer Andrew Thomson, who ran for the council in 2017, filed his documents two days later. Tamara McKee, an actress, named her campaign treasurer on May 14. Consultant Kathy Cottrell did the same the next day.

And still more candidates may appear during the official qualifying period for Seat A: June 4 to June 12. The special election to select a mayor and fill the empty council seat is Aug. 28.

As Haynie’s suspension elevated Singer into her mayoral role, he subsequently delivered May 11 “notice of my irrevocable resignation” to run for the remainder of her term. Whoever is elected will serve through March 2020 unless Haynie is reinstated.

Milledge, an attorney in the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office, also served on the Boca Raton Airport Authority from May 2016 to April 2017.

Thomson, who came in second to Andrea O’Rourke in their 2017 council race, has since served on the city’s community advisory panel and is vice chair of its education task force.

McKee was appointed to the city’s General Employees’ Pension Board on Feb. 27 and resigned after she opened her council campaign account.

Cottrell, a native of Boca Raton, was named to the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment in July 2016.

The candidate who wins Singer’s Seat A on the council will serve through March 2020. Council members are paid $28,000 a year.

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