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Mayor Shelly Petrolia – Incumbent
I am only the second woman to be elected mayor in Delray Beach’s history. A Palm Beach County native who has lived and worked in Delray for more than 25 years, I’ve served on the City Commission for 5 years before deciding to run for Mayor in March 2018. My victory was widely seen as the triumph of a citizen-supported leader over an opponent backed by special interests.
I worked tirelessly to ensure city contracts were bid properly, to enact ordinances regulating sober homes, to restructure pensions for police and fire, and to demand annual tax rate reductions for residents. Always prepared to tackle tough issues on the dais and to ask even tougher questions, I am known as a staunch advocate for Delray citizens and a watchdog for their tax dollars.
Going forward, I will focus on COVID-19 recovery, repairs to the city’s aging infrastructure and seek solutions for the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels. I will continue to be an ally for the arts as well as a strong advocate for a vibrant business community. I support development that enhances the City’s historic legacy and hopes to spur development on West Atlantic Avenue.
I hold a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University with a double major in Finance and Risk Management/Insurance. I am a co-owner of a real estate business with my husband Tony and together, we are raising four boys in Delray Beach.
I decided to run for Mayor because there is too much division and dysfunction in City Hall, and our community needs to be reunited. As Delray Beach’s next Mayor, I will help restore civility to city government and work in a bipartisan way to deliver for our community.
I have a proven track record of creating jobs and bringing businesses to Delray Beach, especially in The SET community. I will work with our small businesses to address the impact of COVID-19 and get our local economy back on track. Delray Beach is facing a $3 million fine from the Florida Dept. of Health for our drinking water quality and the lack of transparency from the current Mayor. This is unacceptable. I will fight to ensure our drinking water is safe and the proper testing and safety protocols are in place to keep it that way. As Chair of the Historic Preservation Board, I value Delray Beach’s character, so I’ll stop overdevelopment and preserve our city’s unique character. Lastly, there’s a lot of turmoil and turnover at City Hall. As Mayor, I’ll work to retain our staff and rebuild Delray Beach’s reputation as a great place to live, work, and play.
Delray Commission Seat 1:
Adam Frankel – Incumbent
I am honored to have served Delray Beach as City Commissioner for Seat 1. I’ve been a full-time resident of Delray Beach for over 20 years. My parents moved to our city in 1986, and my grandparents lived here before that.
As City Commissioner, I have kept my promises to the residents of Delray Beach and take pride in my record of accomplishments. We have new protocols that improve traffic along Atlantic Avenue, I have opposed any new tax increases, and have supported our front-line workers, first responders, residents, and local businesses during COVID-19. COVID-19 has presented a whole new set of challenges we are working together to overcome.
I’m proud to be endorsed by our first responders for my continued efforts to support our local residents, businesses, and frontline workers. I believe in Delray Beach – our people, our community, and our character. I’m running for re-election to ensure our All-America City continues to be a great place to raise a family, start a business and call home. I have the experience, understanding of the issues, and leadership we need to keep Delray Beach moving forward.
As a 33-year resident of Delray Beach, I have seen a lot of changes. Many for the good. But our town is built out, which brings pressure to build taller and denser projects and threatens our historic districts. I am for sensible growth but will fight for the needs of our neighborhoods over the desires of developers.
As a member of the Site Plan Review and Advisory Board, I have supported sensible development and several housing developments that provide affordable housing. I opposed a shopping center proposal that would have spilled too much traffic to the entrance to Tropic Isles.
I served two terms on the Historic Preservation Board and I have been a passionate supporter of saving the historic structures and places in Delray Beach. Alongside the Delray Beach Preservation Trust, I was a driving force to get the Old School Square Historic Arts District listed on the National Register of Historic Places and continue to work to save the historic former all-Black Carver High School, built in the late 1950s.
A newspaperman most of my life, I worked as an editor for more than two decades at The Palm Beach Post and helped found The Coastal Star with my wife Carolyn Riley Patton. My journalism background trained me to look at all sides of an issue and I intend to bring that sensibility to the City Commission.
My short-term goals for the city are to explore the possibility of a new water treatment facility; hire the best city manager we can; help our small businesses devastated by COVID-19 recover and thrive again. As a City Commissioner, I will work hard to be responsive to the concerns of the residents and keep Delray Beach a special place.
Delray Commission Seat 3:
Ryan Boylston – Incumbent
I am a candidate running for Delray Beach City Commission, Seat 3. Elected in 2018, I focused on bringing back civility to City Hall, responsible growth and sustainability. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I exemplified leadership by delivering over 10,000 meals to Delray Beach families in need. I remain focused on recruiting and retaining top talent for our city administration, collaborating with local officials to address the public health concerns and economic recovery stemming from the pandemic, and fighting for more workforce and affordable housing. I have been endorsed by the local firefighters, police, SEIU, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, 7 former mayors and hundreds of local residents. I was also the sole male panelist for Leadership Palm Beach’s Women in Business panel as a champion for the importance of allies.
Hi, I’m Mitch Katz. I am running for City Commission Seat 3. I’d like to earn your vote.
I’ve lived in Delray for 18 years. My wife and I are raising our two kids here….and I CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY!!
There are 4 issues that concern me, and I believe should concern everyone. (1) Development is not taking into account the traffic concerns we have, (2) sea-level rise is going to cost us $139 million over the next 10 years, (3) our public schools are failing our students and us as taxpayers and (4) the last and most concerning is my opponent’s integrity. He has pled guilty to and paid a fine for an ethics violation that steered taxpayer money –yours and mine – to a business he created.
I want to bring integrity back to public service and I need your help; I humbly ask for your vote on March 9th.