Boca Raton: Two candidates for mayor

    Voters will choose a new mayor and two council members in the March 11 election. The mayor and Seat B on the council are for three-year terms. Two candidates are in the mayor’s race, and four are running for Seat B. The Seat D position is for the one-year unexpired term of Anthony Majhess, who resigned to run for mayor. Three candidates are running. Scott Singer, a lawyer and real estate investor, won a three-year term in Seat A when no one else filed to run.

7960495681?profile=originalSusan Haynie

    Personal: 58; graduate of Lynn University, holds certification in Traffic Engineering Studies from Georgia Institute of Technology and Northwestern University; Florida native and 41-year resident of Boca Raton; married, five children.

    Professional: Former traffic engineering analyst for the city, community association manager. Named South Florida “Woman Transportation Leader of the Year” by the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

    Political experience: Deputy mayor since 2009, on City Council from 2000 to 2006 and from 2008 to present. Chaired city’s Neighborhood Improvement Study Commission and member of the Boca Raton Planning and Zoning Board, Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations board, Coastal Ocean Task Force and Community Emergency Response Team. Chair of the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization and past president of Palm Beach County League of Cities.

    Position on the issues: Supports a balanced approach to growth and says the city’s low taxes and excellent services are made possible by quality development. Supports innovative approaches to traffic issues such as enhanced traffic signal technology, intersection improvements and planned mobility strategies in lieu of adding more asphalt for wider roads. Wants pension reform to create a sustainable plan that will not bankrupt the community. Supports seeking collaborative beach renourishment planning and funding and wants bed-tax dollars generated in the city directed back to Boca Raton’s beaches. Seeks a greater partnership with the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District in providing recreation, beaches and open space.

    Quote: “Only through collaboration and consensus building can we find the real solutions to our city’s challenges.”

7960495876?profile=originalAnthony Majhess

    Personal: 45; bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Florida; single, no children.

    Professional: Professional firefighter/paramedic. Experience in retail management, domestic business-to-business sales and international sales manager for a manufacturer of fire emergency vehicles.

    Political experience: Currently serving second term on Boca Raton City Council.

    Position on the issues: Says taxpayers can count on him to stand up to special interests “who are trying to turn Boca Raton into the next Broward.” Promises to keep taxes low and to maintain Boca Raton’s great quality of life.

    Quote: “There needs to be balance between progress and paradise.”

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