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Ocean Ridge: Three candidates vie for two Town Commission seats

These candidates are competing for three-year terms on the Ocean Ridge Town Commission:

Gail Adams Aaskov 

(Incumbent) 

Age: 79

Education: Aurora College, bachelor’s in criminal justice and psychology

Marital Status: Married, two children

Political/Community Service Experience: Mayor and member of the Ocean Ridge Town Commission, Board of Adjustments member

Important Issues: Police/fire protection, long-range planning, environment, infrastructure

Quote: “I’d like our town to go back to being known as a nice beachfront town. I have always focused on a conservative budget, but one that provides for the needs of the town and desires of the residents.”

Edward Brookes

Age: 64

Education: Bachelor’s in politics from DeSales University

Marital Status: Married, two children

Political/Community Service Experience: Former Ocean Ridge town commissioner, councilman on the Coopersburg, Pa., Town Council, School Board financial advisory board member in the Lehigh Valley School District, Pa.

Important Issues: Hiring a new police chief and town clerk

Quote: “I’d like to see more full disclosure and transparency on the commission. We need better accountability and processes. There’s a lot facing us and I think my background and record as a former commissioner would serve Ocean Ridge well.”

Geoff Pugh 

(Incumbent)

Age: 52

Education: Palm Beach Junior College

Marital Status: Married, two children

Political/Community Service Experience: Mayor and member of the Ocean Ridge Town Commission

Important Issues: Growth, police capabilities, transportation and traffic infrastructure, keeping a balanced budget

Quote: “We have to be cognizant of the fact that Boynton Beach is going to grow substantially. With that growth comes more pressure on the town of Ocean Ridge — its services, its beaches, everything. So we have to plan for their growth, because it will affect us. I’d also like to see natural gas put into our town.”

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