Filing open for March 9 municipal elections

By Margie Plunkett Municipal elections are scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, and candidates for open seats face deadlines in the second week of February. Election dates at seven municipalities in The Coastal Star’s coverage area run in synch with Palm Beach County Supervisor of Election’s uniform election date this year, the second Tuesday of March. All but one town has seats up for election, although all contenders won’t be known until the end of the candidate qualifying period. The following seats are open for election: Briny Breezes: Seats up for election this term are mayor, three aldermen and town clerk. The incumbents are Mayor Roger Bennett and Town Clerk Kathleen Bray and Aldermen Sharon Kendrigan, Nancy Boczon and Karen Wiggins. Candidates must file by noon Feb. 9. Delray Beach: Two commission seats with two-year terms are open and candidates must file by noon Feb. 9. The seats are currently held by Commissioners Fred Fetzer and Angeleta Gray. One other candidate had filed to compete for Fetzer’s seat by the end of January, Darin Wade Mellinger. Gulf Stream: No seats are up for election. Lantana: Two council member seats with three-year terms are open, held by incumbents Lynn Moorhouse and Vice Mayor Cindy Austino. Candidates must file by noon Feb. 9. Manalapan: Three commission seats with two-year terms are open. Candidates must file by noon Feb. 9. Candidates for incumbent Peter Blum’s seat must reside on the ocean; for the seat held by Robert Evans, candidates can reside anywhere in the town; and for the seat held by incumbent Tom Thornton Jr., they must reside in the Point. Ocean Ridge: One commission seat is open for a three-year-term, held by incumbent Lynn Allison. Candidates must file by 3 p.m. Feb. 12. South Palm Beach: Two council seats with two-year terms are up for election this year. Incumbent Vice Mayor Charles J. McCrosson is relocating and won’t run. The second seat that opens is held by Dr. Joseph Flagello. One candidate, Iris Lieberman, had filed by the end of January. Deadline for contenders is noon Feb. 9.
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