More than 250 supporters turned out for Mayor Scott Singer’s campaign kickoff Thursday night.
“It’s so overwhelming to see you out there,” Singer said over crowd noise in brief remarks at Loch Bar restaurant in Mizner Park. “We’ll be knocking on doors starting next month.”
“This starts with my colleagues,” he said to credit fellow council members. Andy Thomson and Andrea O’Rourke have filed for re-election.
The city’s non-partisan election is March 17, 2020 to coincide with the presidential primary. This would be Singer’s first full term as mayor. He was deputy mayor when he was officially sworn in after the sitting mayor was arrested in April 2018.
“This period of harmony and unity starts with listening,” he said. Scott cited his collaboration with the county, Florida Atlantic University and neighboring cities. He credited the city’s employees and public safety. The firefighters’ union Local 1560 was well represented but won’t endorse until much later.
In the crowd was Jay Whelchel, representing his family. His mother, Susan Whelchel, served two terms as mayor. Steven Abrams, another former mayor, was in the house. He’s now executive director of Tri Rail’s South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.
County commission candidate Maria Sachs arrived with husband Peter Sachs. Her kickoff was earlier in the day.
By Marci Shatzman