The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, governed by a board of five nonpartisan commissioners, will hold an election on Aug. 18 for Seat 3, open to candidates living within Boca Raton, and Seat 5, open to candidates living inside the district but outside city limits. Newly elected commissioners will each serve a four-year term commencing Jan. 5, 2021, and receive $80 for each meeting they attend.
Occupation: Small-business owner and project manager for a green consulting firm
Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology from Stetson University, master’s in exercise science from Florida Atlantic University
Marital status: Married, two boys
Political/community service experience: Has served as beach and park commissioner for the last four years; was on Boca Raton’s Green Living Task Force and Green Living Advisory Board
Goals: “When I originally ran four years ago, it was to improve the communication between us and the city. I feel that in the past six months we’ve really been working on that hard. I will continue to do that in my next term and get some projects done such as Ocean Strand Park, working with the city to get that opened for the community. Hopefully the phase one opening will be done by the end of the year.”
Occupation: Retired social studies teacher at Boca Raton High School
Education: Bachelor’s degree in history and government from Arcadia University outside Philadelphia, master’s in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University
Marital status: Married, three children
Political/community service experience: First time running for public office; was on the board of governors of the Broken Sound Club. She signed up with Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami to work on contact tracing of the COVID-19 virus.
Goals: “I first got involved in this election when I learned the board wanted to dramatically raise the millage rate to pay for the golf course. I have played golf competitively and can bring some expertise to that discussion. Also, the commission has owned Ocean Strand for 26 years and done nothing with it. They’ve kept people off of it. It was padlocked. Now they’re rushing to open it up as a pedestrian park because two commissioners are being challenged. It’s a prime area for people to enjoy walking along A1A. The board needs some guidance and that’s what I’d like to provide. I’d like to see it developed into a nice place for recreation.”
— Compiled by Steven J. Smith