Beach and park commissioners serve four-year terms beginning Jan. 1 and are paid $80 for each meeting they attend. There are usually two meetings each month. The election will be Aug. 30.

John F. Costello
7960663090?profile=originalAge: 47
Occupation: accountant
Education: Bachelor’s in forest resources and conservation, University of Florida
Marital Status: Married, one son, one daughter
Political/Community Service Experience: first run for office
Biggest challenge? “I want to bring people out to the parks and engage our youth especially in activities away from cellphones and computers. The parks should be real destinations that provide people and families a way to have connected and vibrant lives.”

Earl Starkoff
7960662090?profile=originalAge: 67
Occupation: information technology services executive
Education: Master’s in business administration, University of Miami
Marital Status: Married, two children, two grandchildren
Political/Community Service Experience: commissioner, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, since 2004; past president, Soccer Association of Boca Raton
Biggest challenge? “The district has a broad agenda to improve and modernize several of our older parks, build new parks and facilities that are needed now and as thousands of new residents arrive in the next few years, and have funds available for beach renourishment. We must continue our steady, responsible fiscal management to balance all of these projects with annual maintenance and operating expenses, so we pay as we go and remain debt-free.”
Website: EarlStarkoff.com

Erin A. Wright
7960662857?profile=originalAge: 37
Occupation: co-owner, home inspection service; former environmental health and safety specialist, Florida Atlantic University
Education: Master’s in exercise science and health promotion, FAU
Marital Status: Married, two sons
Political/Community Service Experience: past member, Boca Raton Green Living Task Force/Green Living Advisory Board
Biggest challenge? “Communication with city staff. There needs to be regular communication, weekly or every-other-week meetings, between city staff and district staff. There needs to be a full-time executive director for this exact reason. If I win the election, I will be the new voice for our young families in the community and speak up in regards to opening these lines of communication.”
Website: www.eriniswright4u.com

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