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West Palm Beach Candidates
City Commission District 2
I am a native of West Palm Beach, a 27-year city resident, a homeowner, a Professor at Florida Atlantic University, and a community leader who serves on city boards and committees. Current City Commissioner Cory Neering is not seeking re-election and has endorsed me. I am running for office because I want to see our city continue to move forward. As Commissioner, some of my priorities will include: ensuring our resident’s voices are heard and improving communication between the city and our neighborhoods; ensuring that all of our neighborhoods share in our city’s success; making construction of more affordable housing a priority; requiring city contracts follow a fair and competitive bid process; guaranteeing worker’s rights and better pay for city employees; working with our police to further reduce crime in our neighborhoods; working with our school district to make all our West Palm Beach schools “A” rated schools; opposing the extension of State Road 7 and protecting our drinking water supply; supporting managed growth, to protect our unique quality of life; and working to speed up COVID vaccination efforts in West Palm Beach. I am married to Dr. Stephanie Poole, a Veterinarian, and we plan to raise our family here.
I’m a mom, public servant, CEO, business professional and proven advocate. I am running for West Palm Beach City Commission District 2 to put my experience and passion for service to work for our community. I was born in a steel mill community and moved often as my dad was in the U.S. Air Force. As a single mother, I worked hard to provide for my family. I have broad experience in our West Palm Beach community. I worked with the WPB CRA and made recommendations that created economic opportunities in the district. I am the CEO of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast. Last, I have a local consultant business focused on business development and community issues, such as lighting, security, public transit, access to food, and today, we are focused on connecting seniors to the COVID-19 vaccine. My community work led me to serve on numerous boards and organizations focused on our neighborhoods, schools, and youth. I understand the challenges in West Palm Beach and will prioritize – creating jobs, improving public safety, workforce housing initiatives, protecting our water supply and managing the city budget.
West Palm Beach Candidates
City Commission District 4
Joseph (Joe) Peduzzi - Incumbent
I initially ran for office because I was concerned about the increase in violent crime. This became my primary focus when I was first elected. In addition, during my first term on the Commission, I focused on bringing in more jobs for our residents, working with the community to address neighborhood issues, and working with our City, County, and State officials to ensure we have resources available to address any challenge that may arise from this crisis. I’m proud to say, West Palm Beach was the first to provide small business loans to struggling local businesses and rental assistance to residents who had lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
I am running for reelection because I want to continue serving the residents of West Palm Beach. There are still many issues that must be addressed including: providing support to residents and small businesses during the pandemic, keeping our neighborhoods safe, ensuring our annual city budget is fair and enables us to provide quality city services, improving our city’s infrastructure, and protecting our water supply. I understand these issues because I have been working every day to address them. Progress has been made and I am committed to continuing that progress.
My name is Jonathan Jones and I am a Candidate for West Palm Beach City Commissioner, District 4. My wife and I are longtime residents of West Palm Beach and together we have a 14-year-old son. I have been practicing law in West Palm Beach for the past 17 years. I received a law degree from the University of Denver, a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Master of Business degree from Florida International University.
There are several issues that I am passionate about. I am particularly concerned about small businesses in West Palm Beach. I have seen many small businesses close or are now hanging on by a thread. We can’t let this continue. As City Commissioner I will focus on helping small businesses succeed and thrive in our city.
I believe we also need to continue to create an infrastructure that allows for future growth, while proactively maintaining the existing one. Growth is great for our city, but we should also maintain the charm of West Palm Beach that we all love and cherish.
I plan to actively work to help the homeless people in our city. Homelessness is a problem we should all be focused on. Pushing homeless people aside will not help them or our city. We can do better.
There has been a lot of talk about running roads through the Grassy Waters Preserve. The preserve provides drinking water for West Palm Beach and must be protected. If I am elected as City Commissioner, I will protect the preserve and our drinking water.
We have to support our firefighters and police. They deserve to be adequately compensated for the work they do every day to keep our communities safe. The city has to stop its spending on frivolous projects and support our police and firefighters. The city’s failure to enter into new employment agreements with the police and fire department is unacceptable and shameful.
I am committed to doing what is right for our community, not what is easy. We need a city that works for all businesses and people and not just the financially or politically connected. I will work tirelessly, as I have done for my clients, to promote an agenda that best addresses the current issues that we are facing in our city. Together we can make West Palm Beach a better place to live and work.