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DISCLAIMER: The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County asked the candidates to share information about themselves and their platform. These were their responses. These statements reflect the candidates’ views and not the views of the League of Women Voters. The league does not endorse candidates. We provide the public resources to make informed decisions. 

Municipal Election Day: March 9, 2021.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Deadline to register – Monday, February 8, 2021

Deadline to request that a VBM ballot be mailed to you – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2021

Deadline to return VBM Ballot – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021

 

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What is a Municipal Election?

Municipalities have governing bodies whereby the members are elected by the voters living within the municipality. Each of the 39 municipalities in Palm Beach County has a charter that stipulates the term of the office and the frequency of the elections. The Municipal Election is run by the municipality, therefore, each has its own qualifying dates and rules, pursuant to their charters and ordinances.

Voters living within the boundaries of the municipality are eligible to participate in the election for that municipality. Voters living in unincorporated Palm Beach County are not eligible to participate in municipal elections. Voters can find their municipality on their voter registration information card or by calling the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office at (561) 656-6200.

The following municipalities will have an election on March 9, 2021: Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Briny Breezes, Delray Beach, Haverhill, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Lake Worth Beach, Lantana, Loxahatchee Groves, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Pahokee, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, South Bay, Tequesta, and West Palm Beach.

 

Key Terms

Incumbent – the holder of an office or post.

Challenger – a person who engages in a contest.

 

How do these Positions Impact You?

City Councils or Town Councils are the legislators of a municipality who are democratically elected to decide which services will be provided and how to pay for them, among many other tasks.

As local legislators, councilmembers are responsible for and responsive to the citizens who elected them. Depending on the city’s charter and state laws, they may perform the following functions: (According to the National League of Cities).

  • Review and approve the annual budget;
  • Establish long- and short-term objectives and priorities;
  • Oversee performance of the local public employees;
  • Oversee effectiveness of programs;
  • Establish tax rates;
  • Enter into legal contracts;
  • Borrow funds;
  • Pass ordinances and resolutions;
  • Modify the city’s charter;
  • Regulate land use through zoning laws;
  • Regulate business activity through licensing and regulations;
  • Regulate public health and safety;
  • Exercise the power of eminent domain;
  • Communicate policies and programs to residents;
  • Respond to constituent needs and complaints; and
  • Represent the community to other levels of government.