Delray Beach Voters Elect New Mayor, Two Commissioners


Staff report

Delray Beach’s new city commission will look different this month.

The voters said goodbye to Commissioner Jim Chard and selected Shelly Petrolia as mayor. They will also ousted Commissioner Mitch Katz by choosing challenger Ryan Boylston.

And voters welcomed back a former commissioner with a majority of votes going to Adam Frankel.

Another new face will serve in Seat 2, which Chard vacated to run for mayor. The remainder of his term will be filled by Bill Bathurst, who was not challenged in the election.

The only commissioner to remain in their current seat is Commissioner Shirley Johnson.

As of March 14, the poll numbers listed on the Supervisor of Election’s website:

Seat 1

Richard Alteus 26.65 percent or 2,181 votes

Eric Camacho 30.21 percent or 2,473 votes

Adam Frankel 43.14 percent or 3,531 votes

Total 8,185 votes cast for Delray Commission Member Seat 1 (3-year term)

Seat 3

Ryan Boylston 55.53 percent or 4,631 votes

Mitchell Katz 44.47 percent or 3,708 votes

Total 8,339 votes cast for Delray Commission Member Seat 3 (3-year term)


Jim Chard 47.56 percent or 4,047 votes

Shelly Petrolia 52.44 percent or 4,463 votes

Total 8,510 votes cast for Delray Mayor – Seat 5 (3-year term)

“It’s satisfying to be victorious against two gentlemen that ran hard fought campaigns and I look forward to serving as a Delray Beach City Commissioner for a fourth term,” Adam Frankel said from his election watch party.

Mayor-elect Shelly Petrolia sent out an email to her supporters stating “WE WON!!”

“I am so very excited for the opportunity to lead this wonderful town we all love and I am humbled by the incredible support and heartfelt good wishes throughout the campaign. Thanks to everyone who volunteered, hosted meet and greets, contributed to the campaign, worked polls or gave in other ways. Your support is what brought us to the finish line. I am excited about the work ahead and eager to get started. Call or email me to share your thoughts and ideas,” the email stated.

Chard thanked his supporters and wished Petrolia “wisdom and strength” in an email he sent after the election.

Outgoing commissioner Katz did the same to his supporters.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to serve you all for the last three years,” his email said. “The friendships and the impact we have made will last forever.”

And newly elected Commissioner Ryan Boylston thanked his supporters.

Commissioners were sworn in at the end of March.