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Lantana: Four candidates contend for two commission seats

    Lantana voters will choose from two candidates for each of two council seats. The town has no term limits. Term is three years.

Council Group 3

Tom Deringer
    Personal: 63; attended the University of Kentucky, but did not graduate; 36-year resident of Lantana; married; two children, seven grandchildren.

    Professional: Worked in sales for General Tire and in 1993 started Palm Beach Tire; still owns company.

    Political experience: Has served for 15 years on the Lantana Town Council.

    Positions on issues: Concerned with which businesses will go into the Water Tower Commons project; interested in preserving the condition of roads in the town; wants to keep taxes down.

    Quote: “I want to make sure that new development keeps coming in to give us more of a tax base to clean up the town and that our roads are in good shape. I like smart growth. We don’t need high-rises, like some of our neighboring communities. I’d like Lantana to stay a small town and I want to work toward that goal.”

Edward Shropshire
    Personal: 64; attended several junior colleges, but did not graduate; 28-year resident of Lantana; married, one child.

    Professional: Works for Cemex, a building materials company; works part time as a defensive driving instructor and has served as a local union rep.

    Political experience: Alternate on the Planning Commission, but has held no political office.

    Positions on issues: Wants controlled development and to maintain Lantana’s small-town ambiance.

    Quote: “I want to upgrade Lantana’s town services such as the building department, code enforcement and Police Department. I want to maintain a quality standard of life.”

Council Group 4

Philip Aridas
    Personal: 62; graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute in Union, N.J., with a diploma in air-conditioning, refrigeration and heating; 33-year resident of Lantana; divorced; no children.

    Professional: Currently a Palm Beach County park ranger since 2012.

    Political experience: Current member of the Lantana Town Council; sat on Ocean Reef Task Force; served as chairman of the Lantana Chamber of Commerce.

    Positions on issues: Wants the Water Tower Commons project completed responsibly with businesses and amenities that will benefit the town; relocating the Police Department to a larger facility; keeping parks, beaches and public areas and the nature center on Hypoluxo Island updated; street improvements; beach restroom upgrades; road striping.

    Quote: “Lantana is one of the last true seaside communities and it’s my goal to make sure it stays that way.”

Suzanne Gordon
    Personal: 38; graduated from FAU with a degree in business (marketing); Lantana resident for 13 years; married; one child.

    Professional: Worked for Regis, a Fortune 500 company, from 2010-2013 as its South Florida district manager; member of the National Association of Realtors from 2013-present; currently a stay-at-home mother.

    Political experience: None.

    Positions on issues: Safety in the community; bringing in more local businesses; improving the local economy; maintaining local beaches, parks and preserves.

    Quote: “I would like to be a voice for our community and help preserve our town.”

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