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Highland Beach: Two vie for mayor’s seat

    The race for Highland Beach mayor pits Ron Brown against Carl Feldman. The winner will serve a three-year term.

Profiles compiled by Steven J. Smith


Ron Brown
    Personal: 70; graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business management, then graduated from Troy State University with a master’s degree in international relations; 16-year resident of Highland Beach; married, one child.

    Professional: Fighter pilot in the Air Force from 1972-1996; commercial pilot for United Airlines from 1996-2006. Now retired.

    Political experience: Vice mayor of Highland Beach from 2012-2015.

    Positions on issues: Replace town walkway; improve commission’s relationship with town employees; improve drainage system; improve the use of advisory boards and committees; negotiate for land that would be converted into a passive park; replace town signs; preserve green space.

    Quote: “I look forward to hearing the concerns and solutions of our residents so that we can protect and beautify Highland Beach. I want our commission to be a more active listener as far as improving our residents’ quality of life.”

Carl Feldman
    Personal: 77; graduated from the Massachusetts Apprentice Program with a degree of journeyman tool and die maker and tool die designer, then received a degree in manufacturing and engineering from Northeastern University; resident of Highland beach for 17 years; married, two children, four grandchildren.

    Professional: In 1980 he formed Millstar, Izar and Galaxy Technologies, three tool manufacturing companies, with distributors in the United States, Asia and Europe. He sold those companies in 2000.

    Political experience: Served on Highland Beach Town Commission since 2013; member of the town’s Planning Board from 2005-2007. Served on the Cultural Board from 2007-2008.

    Positions on issues: Security and safety; community enhancement; financial stability; infrastructure maintenance; having a strong town administration.

    Quote: “I want to continue the fine job the commission has done over the last couple of years. It’s your town, your money, your vote. As mayor, I want to improve and maintain the focus of our town as a first-rate beachside residential community. I intend to provide excellence in government and service. We have well-trained and responsive employees and a large base of volunteers and leaders who are dedicated to our residents. I will continue to maintain all that is needed to ensure the high value of properties that we now experience.”

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