By Mary Hladky
Two well-known candidates are vying to replace term-limited Deputy Mayor Monica Mayotte in the March 19 Boca Raton election.
Andy Thomson is making a new bid to serve on the City Council after he resigned last year to pursue his candidacy for the Florida House District 91 seat. He narrowly lost that race to Peggy Gossett-Seidman.
Brian Stenberg challenged Mayotte in 2021 when she was seeking her second and final council term. Mayotte prevailed easily, winning 58.8% of the vote.
Council member Yvette Drucker, who is seeking her second three-year term, is being challenged by perennial candidate Bernard Korn, who has failed in his previous bids for office.
All four qualified to run by the Nov. 9 deadline.
Korn initially filed to run for both Mayotte’s Seat D and Drucker’s Seat C but dropped out of the Seat D race in October. As was the case in his previous candidacies, he produced a driver’s license and voter registration card showing he lives on the barrier island at 720 Marble Way, but his campaign financial reports list his address as a P.O. box in the city’s downtown post office.
In addition, county property records show that Korn and his wife still own a home and claim a homestead exemption for 19078 Skyridge Circle, in an unincorporated area far west of the city.
As of the most recent campaign finance reports, Thomson, an attorney, is by far the best funded candidate, raising $51,140 as of Sept. 30. He has drawn support from well-known developers, attorneys, architects and many residents.
Stenberg, the vice president of a medical office real estate management firm and member of the Boca Raton Housing Authority and Palm Beach County Planning commissions, has raised $770, which includes $620 in loans to his campaign.
Drucker, a former human resource manager and longtime volunteer with many organizations, has loaned her campaign $500. Korn, a real estate bro-ker, has loaned his campaign $5,150.