By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Delray Beach registered voters can hit the polls on March 13 to fill three commission seats.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
The commission of five will add at least one new face to the dais. Bill Bathurst automatically won his race for Seat 2 before voting day because no one filed to run against him.
Seat 1, 3 and 5 are up for grabs. Two current commissioners are looking to up their title to mayor, one commissioner is vying to retain his seats and one former commissioner is looking to return to the dais.
Battling for the top seat of Mayor, Seat 5, are Commissioners Jim Chard and Shelly Petrolia. Chard vacated Seat 2 in order to run. Petrolia will relinquish Seat 1 to run for Seat 5.
Commissioner Mitch Katz is looking to keep Seat 3. He is being challenged by Ryan Boylston.
And for Seat 1, former commissioner Adam Frankel is looking to get back in the political scene. Two political novices, Eric Camacho and Richard Alteus are also looking to win Seat 1.
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Election updates below are reflective of campaign finance reports due to city on Feb. 16 for the time period through Feb. 9. We asked candidates to submit their top three endorsements to us by Feb. 15.
Money raised: $1,560
Money spent: $1,405
Key endorsements: Did not respond to request.
Money raised: $200
Money spent: $140
Key endorsements: Northwest Southwest Neighborhood Alliance.
Money raised: $53,550
Money spent: $15,913
Key endorsements: Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association, former Delray Mayors Jay Alperin, Woodie McDuffie and Tom Carney.
Incumbent: Mitch Katz
Money raised: $54,956
Money spent: $27,217
Key endorsements: Palm Beach County Human Rights Council,
Challenger: Ryan Boylston
Money raised: $52,235
Money spent: $27,350
Key endorsements: Northwest Southwest Neighborhood Alliance, SEIU Service Employees International Union, Realtors of the Palm Beaches & Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Money raised: $80,200
Money spent: $40,826
Key endorsements: Northwest Southwest Neighborhood Alliance, Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association, SEIU Service Employees International Union.
Money raised: $106,232
Money spent: $54,280
Key endorsements: Florida chapter of National Organization for Women.