Candidates for the March 9 Delray Beach City Commission election in order of appearance on the ballot:
Fred B. Fetzer (incumbent)
PERSONAL: 65; Bachelor's mechanical engineering, University of Tennessee.
PROFESSIONAL: Retired from AT&T.
POLITICAL BACKGROUND: City commissioner 2006 to present; liaison to the Delray Beach Education Board; director and former president of Tropic Isle Civic Association; served on the Delray Beach Board of Construction Appeals; served on Mayor Perlman’s R.A.C.E. relations committee and Delray Beach Neighborhood Advisory Council.
POSITION ON ISSUES: Hold the line on property taxes by creating more efficiency in city government and setting spending priorities. Support economic development by fostering a business friendly environment and recruiting new businesses. Strongly support public safety. Improve and protect the quality of neighborhoods. Support quality education.
QUOTE: “One of the top initiatives must be to minimize property taxes on residential and commercial properties. In addition, we must be proactive in supporting economic development by supporting incentives for new business development and being a business friendly community.”
Darin Wade Mellinger
PERSONAL: 35; single; bachelors political science and African-American studies Duke University; juris doctor University of Miami School of Law.
POLITICAL BACKGROUND: No political experience.
POSITION ON ISSUES: The most significant change needed is a realistic plan. There’s not been an intelligent and reasonable review of the spending and the revenues. Would like to see more interaction among the city’s different eclectic communities, and more acknowledgment of Delray’s diversity. Wants to maintain the level of services and image of the city, keep development reasonable and improve the quality of life by going back to the budget.
QUOTE: “What the people have to make a decision on is, if you want the quality of life to be sustained, you’re going to have to pay for it. And I know this is a difficult time to ask people to pay for anything. But I think what’s missing in this seat is analysis on our budget. I just want to offer an analysis. I think that’s the biggest issue there.”
Seat 4 Angeleta E. Gray
, unopposed incumbent