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Amending the Residency Requirements for City Council Candidates (Including Candidates for Mayor)
The City Charter currently provides that a person seeking to qualify as a candidate for City Council, including candidates for Mayor, must be a city resident for at least 30 days before the first day of the qualifying period. The proposed amendment regarding residency (to be effective April 1, 2021 ), lengthens the residency period to one year, disqualifies persons with a non-City homestead exemption, and provides that proof of residency will be established by ordinance.
Shall the Charter be Amended?
Requiring Signatures of 200 Electors to Qualify as a Candidate for City Council and Mayor
The City Charter currently provides that a person seeking to qualify as a candidate for City Council, including candidates for Mayor, must pay a qualifying fee. The proposed amendment (to be effective April 1, 2021) eliminates the fee, and instead requires candidates to submit a Petition with signatures of 200 or more registered city voters, and provides that procedures relating to petition signatures will be adopted by ordinance.
Shall the Charter be Amended?
Boca Raton Council Candidates
Council Seat C
Yvette Drucker- Incumbent
I am a public servant, not a politician. As your city councilwoman, I bring new ideas with extensive community involvement to Boca Raton City Hall. Our community needs a unifying voice – compassionate, caring, involved – and that is who I have always been. I am insisting on a science-based approach to take coronavirus head-on, and strongly believe masks and social distancing are smart policies to keep us safe. My priorities are your priorities as we focus on vaccine rollout, small business recovery, public safety, and education issues. With my corporate background, I know how to get our economy on track and create jobs, and my work as the chair of the city’s Education Taskforce and leading a statewide advocacy group for children and families prove I know how to roll up my sleeves and keep neighborhoods and residents front and center.
I love Boca Raton! Working together, let’s keep moving forward with purpose and progress. I am here to do what is right, with an open-door policy and commitment to looking forward, not back. I am excited to be endorsed by both Mayor Singer and Deputy Mayor O’Rourke and humbly ask for your vote on March 9th.
I, Bernard Korn, will be running against several opponents for the role of Boca Raton City Council Seat C in the upcoming election on March 9th, 2021.
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance at Brooklyn College, New York, and served as a law enforcement officer in the 1980s. I am currently a licensed real estate broker and political instructor.
I have run for political office twice before and I’m determined to win the seat to rid Boca Raton of power-hungry council members. Please refer to the upcoming amendment vote on the city website which is intended to eliminate future candidates from seeking political office and keep current council members in control.
I want to restore faith and trust in Boca Raton’s government through new leadership, which I feel is something the city desperately needs.
I, Constance Scott, am a candidate running for Boca Raton City Council, Seat C. As a former councilwoman, I have championed lower taxes and managed the city budget. As Chair of the CRA board, I have worked to recruit new businesses and industries to Boca Raton to create a thriving economy. As a business executive, I have worked with leaders across the county to foster the creation of new jobs, support small businesses, and promote sustainable business practices. Today, I work with Florida Atlantic University to ensure our community and the university work together to support our shared goals. To date, I have been endorsed by Boca Raton Fire Fighters Local 1560, Boca Raton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35, Business Leaders United for Boca Raton, the Broward, Palm Beaches and St. Lucie Realtors, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, School Board Chair Frank Barbieri and hundreds of local residents.
If elected, I will focus on prioritizing Boca’s health and safety, growing jobs and the economy, safeguarding Boca Raton’s services, and managing growth and infrastructure needs. The election is on March 9th.
I was raised in the Boca Raton area and moved to Israel at 19 to serve in the IDF. Upon returning to Boca, I met my husband and have been married for 8 years. We have three young children. I entered politics because for too long the voices of the people have not been heard in all levels of government. COVID-19 was an eye-opener for me on how influential our local government is in our daily lives. My desire to take my children to the playground led me on a journey to running for City Council. I realized the best way to make a change was to be the change. Every election season politicians seem to have all the answers, but I don’t think they are asking relevant questions. I would like to work with the people of this city to cast a new vision by reworking the Comprehensive Plan, helping businesses recover from COVID-19 shutdowns, and be a voice for the people so we will once again have representation in government. I bring a new perspective and I would be honored if the residents of this city choose me to represent them in our City Council. Please follow me on Instagram @bocaneedsjosie or my website www.bocaneedsjosie.com
Boca Raton Council Candidates
Council Seat D
Monica Mayotte – Incumbent
When I first ran for office three years ago, I felt the city was beginning to get off track. I believe now, working with this collaborative council, I have helped steer the city into a more resilient, inclusive, and innovative direction. I believe that this work must continue to ensure our bright and healthy future. The COVID-19 pandemic has rightfully changed our focus over the past 10 months. We need to work through to the end of the pandemic and come out the other end a stronger, more healthy, resilient city where all residents and stakeholders are treated with respect and care. I look forward to continuing the work that needs to be done to get us there – with our collegial, can-do council energy intact.
After the COVID-19 pandemic and our economic recovery, the most important issues to be addressed are:
- Continue to make progress with the city’s ongoing sustainability efforts.
- Public safety and safeguarding our neighborhoods
- Smart, resilient development/redevelopment with innovative planning, and exceptional design.
I, Brian Stenberg, am a Florida native, a University of Florida graduate, and a 20-year resident of Boca Raton. My family and I live in the Boca Square neighborhood. I am a partner in a real estate management company that manages medical offices, where I’ve worked for 24 years creating jobs and managing operations, finances, and long-term strategies.
I believe actions speak louder than words, and if you want to make a difference, you should step up to make change happen. I am active in my neighborhood association and with the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations, where I speak up on neighborhood issues. When our community needed to organize to implement traffic calming measures or save our neighborhood school, I stepped up to lead the charge.
I am running for Boca City Council to ensure City Hall focuses on neighborhood priorities, finding common-sense solutions to the issues that matter most to our community, and addressing our essential needs.
My priorities include:
- COVID-19 response and recovery
- Supporting our local businesses and economy
- Managing growth smartly
- Ensuring world-class city services
- Prioritizing infrastructure improvements
- Safe neighborhoods and streets
- Properly managing our city finances
- Keeping taxes low