Delray Beach Commission Candidates Qualify For March Election

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By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

When voters hit the polls on March 13, they will be able to cast their vote for a new mayor and fill two other commission seats.

One commission seat, No. 2, will be automatically filled by Bill Bathurst since no one filed to run against him. Bathurst will fill Commissioner Jim Chard’s seat. Chard must vacant his seat to run for mayor.

To run for a seat on the city commission, candidates must secure 250 petitions from registered voters in the city. This year, the city moved the time frame the candidates have to obtain their signatures earlier to comply with a request from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, who is charged with getting absentee ballots out on time for active military members.

Candidates had until noon on Dec. 20 to submit their petitions and qualify to make it on the ballot. Candidates can still back out from running once they qualify.

Also listed is how much each candidate has raised for their campaigns. The numbers reflect campaign finance reports due on Dec. 11. The reports are reflective of monies raised through Nov. 30.

On the ballot

Seat 1

In the race for Seat 1, which is being vacated by Commissioner Shelly Petrolia who is running for mayor, a familiar face is seeking a return to the dais— former commissioner Adam Frankel.

Frankel, an attorney, served as a Delray commissioner from 2009-2015. He has raised $20,850 and spent $60.

Also in the mix are Eric Camacho and Richard Alteus. Neither has raised any money.

As of press time candidate Jordan Truchan had not qualified.

Seat 3

Incumbent Commissioner Mitch Katz is looking to retain his spot on the dais. But he is being challenged by Ryan Boylston.

Katz has raised $39,995 and spent $12,569. He loaned himself $500. Boylston has raised $33,650 and spent $3,867. He loaned himself $5,000.

Seat 5

Two incumbents want to make the jump from commissioner to mayor. Commissioners Jim Chard and Shelly Petrolia are running for the title.

Petrolia has served on the commission since 2013, Chard since March 2017.

Petrolia has the bigger coffer raising $83,505. Of that she loaned herself $36,000. She has spent $17,133.

Chard has raised $23,700 and spent $6,994.