City of Delray Beach Non-Partisan Municipal and Special Elections – Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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The Delray Beach City will hold its Municipal Elections and Special Election on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. City residents will have the opportunity to elect three (3) members of the five member City Commission as well as to vote on a number of proposed Charter amendments and economic incentives. NON-PARTISAN MUNICIPAL ELECTION:

On March 12th, City residents that are registered to vote will have the opportunity to elect a Mayor (Seat #5) and two (2) City Commissioners (Seat #1 & Seat #3) during the non-partisan (no party affiliation) Municipal Election. Should a tie occur for any seat, a second, non-partisan election will be held on Tuesday, March 26th. Candidates that are elected will serve a two (2) year term, beginning March 28th, when newly elected officials are sworn in during the City’s Annual Organizational Meeting, 6:00 pm in the City Hall Commission Chambers, 100 NW 1st Avenue.
SPECIAL ELECTION:
In addition to selecting three members of the City Commission, the City’s electorate will have the opportunity to consider and vote on a number of proposed Charter amendments as well as a proposed financial incentive to promote economic development on March 12, 2013.  The proposed Charter amendments include the following:
  • City Charter – Clarify and Enhance the Readability of the Charter [Ordinance No. 35-12 (Section 8)] – Proposes to amend the City’s Charter to clarify, correct grammatical errors and enhance the Charter’s readability.
  • City Charter – Change the length of the Mayor and Commission Terms (Ordinance No. 36-12) – Would provide for a change in the length of a Commissioner’s term from two (2) years to three (3) years and not extending the maximum number of consecutive years [six (6)] that a Commissioner or Mayor is allowed to serve.
  • City Charter – Extension of Consecutive Year Term Limits (Commissioner elected to serve as Mayor) (Ordinance No. 38-12) – Currently, any City Commissioner that assumes the Office of Mayor cannot exceed the maximum of three, two (2) year terms.  The proposed Charter amendment provides that the time a person spent as a Commissioner will not count towards the term limit for Mayor, if the person assumes the Office of Mayor directly from the Office of Commissioner.
  • City Charter – City Manager Compensation (Ordinance No. 39-12) – Removes Charter language that prohibits a reduction in the City Manager’s salary.
  • City Charter – Voting Procedure Change (Ordinance No. 01-13 – 2nd and Final Reading to be held on February 5th.  If approved by the City Commission, this proposed Charter Amendment will be included on the upcoming March 12th ballot) – Would permit the City Commission to adopt voting procedures/rules for all City Commission meetings. Additionally, this proposed amendment would remove the current requirement that all Commission votes must be made in the affirmative (“yes”).  The Commission would maintain the need to obtain three (3) concurring votes on any action for it to be approved/not approved and would remain as stated within the Charter.
  • Economic Development – Property Tax Exemptions to Qualified Businesses (Ordinance No. 44-12): Enables the City Commission to grant property tax exemptions to new businesses as well as growing/existing businesses that create new, full-time employment opportunities in Delray Beach.  This incentive is available to local governments by Section 3, Article VII of the State Constitution provided it is approved by referendum.

ADDITIONAL MUNICIPAL 

ELECTION INFORMATION:
City Commission Candidate Qualifying Period:  The official candidate qualifying period closes at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
Voter Registration: Residents may register to vote for the March 12th Municipal Elections until 5:00 pm on Monday, February 11, 2013. To register, a completed voter registration application must be submitted to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office. Applications are available at Delray Beach City Hall, as well as on the Supervisor of Elections website (www.pbcelections.org).
Voter Identification: The Election Poll Clerk or Poll Inspector shall require each elector, upon entering the polling location, to present one of the following current and valid picture identifications:
  • Florida Driver’s License,
  • Florida Identification Card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, United States Passport,
  • Debit or Credit Cards,
  • Military Identification,
  • Student Identification,
  • Retirement Center Identification,
  • Neighborhood Association Identification,
  • Public Assistance Identification (Social Security or other social services)
Absentee Ballot: To obtain an absentee ballot for the March 12th Municipal and Special Elections, contact the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections at (561) 276-1226 (Delray Beach) or (561) 656-6200 (West Palm Beach).

Polling Locations: Polling locations for the City of Delray Beach’s March 12th Elections will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Where you vote depends on your Precinct Number, which is located on your Voter Identification Card. Please contact the Supervisor of Elections if you are unable to locate your Precinct Number on their website at www.pbcelections.org or by calling (561) 656-6200.
For more information on the upcoming Municipal and Special Elections, contact the Delray Beach City Clerk’s Office at (561) 243-7050 or E-mail cityclerk@mydelraybeach.com.
PERSONS WHO HAVE FILED
Seat #1 – Two (2) Year Term
Kurt Lehmann
Shelly E. Petrolia
Alexander C. Christopher
Seat #3 – Two (2) Year Term
Adam Frankel
Stephen A. Blum
Seat #5 – Two (2) Year Term
Cary D. Glickstein
Thomas F. Carney, Jr.
George Kallai