Delray Beach: Three candidates vie for city commission

Election Results: Shelley Petrolia - 3,324| Kurt Lehmann - 1,570 | Alexander Christopher - 1,049

Kurt Lehmann
39,: Real estate broker, owns Lehmann Realty Inc.

Political experience: No elective office. Serves on city and community boards.

Position on issues:  City needs to welcome new businesses and help existing businesses grow and flourish. Says city must keep residents safe and protect our most vulnerable. Community development must be planned strategically. Supports laws that establish strict regulatory standards for transient housing and sober houses.

Quote: “I love Delray Beach. I want to do my part to ensure that our success continues so future generations can enjoy the Delray that I cherish.”

Shelley Petrolia
  49, married, four children, college degree in business.

Professional: Realtor

Political experience: No elective office.

Position on issues: City must end no-bid contracts and use a common sense approach to get its fiscal house in order. Wants to attract large companies to West Atlantic Avenue and Congress Avenue to create jobs. City must scrutinize development projects to be compatible to city’s character. Promises to work for the citizens, not special interests.

Quote: “I am focused on economic development and jobs. I will end no-bid contracts, regulate development and protect our special character and values.” 

Alexander Christopher
52, married, two children, some college.

Professional: Real estate investor.

Political experience: No elective office.

Position on issues: Our neighborhoods must be safer. The city needs economic development to create more jobs. Programs must be implemented to promote small businesses and welcome investors into the city. The city needs programs to help homeowners save their homes from foreclosure.

Quote: “It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.”

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