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Lantana: Retired writer/producer faces young lawyer for Town Council, Group 2

    These candidates are competing for a three-year term on the Lantana Town Council. Lynn J. Moorhouse was re-elected unopposed to the Group 1 seat in December.

ELECTION RESULTS (unofficial)

Anthony Arsali: 31.29% | 506 votes

Malcolm Balfour: 68.71% | 1,111 votes

Anthony Arsali
Age: 29
Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science and criminology, University of Florida; J.D., University of Virginia Law School
Marital Status: Married, no children
Employment: Attorney, Arsali LLC
Political/Community Service Experience: No experience holding public office
Important Issues: Land development
Quote: “This community has provided so much for me and my wife and we want to give back. We want to make sure this community stays like the one we grew up in. My wife and I are planning a family here and I hope we’ll stay here for many, many years. I think it’s important that the community comes together to have a vision for what our future holds. A lot more could have been done with the Water Tower Commons and the Cenacle projects — which have been approved by the Town Council — if we had a vision for this town; if we had connected those projects better to our downtown area on Ocean Avenue and linked our town together in one vision that the community sees as where we want to go and how we’re going to go there.”

Malcolm Balfour (incumbent)
Age: 78
Education: Mississippi State, New York University, Palm Beach State College; degrees in English and sociology
Marital Status: Married, two children, three grandchildren
Employment: Retired freelance writer and television producer
Political/Community Service Experience: Member since 2013, Lantana Council; Lantana Nature Preserve Commission
Important Issues: Responsible development, education, beach renourishment
Quote: “I’ve lived in Lantana for 44 years. I want to keep Lantana as a very successful small town. It’s important to keep on top of the people who are building the biggest transformation we’ve ever had — the development of Water Tower Commons and the Cenacle property. We’ve fought to keep the height of these buildings to five stories. We don’t want Lantana to become another Boynton Beach. As for the future, I’m going to fight in every way that I possibly can to restore our beaches that have washed away.”

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