It’s not too early to run for public office. Local candidates who already filed for 2020 are following presidential hopefuls’ leads.
At least two have campaign kickoffs coming up on the same day.
Boca Mayor Scott Singer’s first re-election fundraiser is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 in Loch Bar restaurant in Mizner Park.
Former state senator Maria Sachs will launch her bid for Palm Beach County Commission 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday Sept. 26 in the South County Civic Center, Delray Beach. Her guest will be Nikki Fried, agriculture and consumer commissioner.
Singer’s now running against Bernie Korn, a former mayoral candidate.
The only seat A candidate who has filed for Boca city council so far is Andy Thomson.
Both Singer and Thomson are running for full terms through 2023. They each filled unexpired terms.
Thomson filled Robert Weinroth’s council term when he ran successfully for county commission district 4 last year.
Thomson filled Robert Weinroth’s council term when he ran successful for county commission district 4 last year.
Now Thomson has to run for a full term on council.
Singer was deputy mayor in April 2018 when former mayor Susan Haynie was suspended by then Gov. Rick Scott. She was arrested for alleged misuse of her office. Her trial is in March.
Singer was sworn in as mayor a week later.
Boca’s nonpartisan municipal election is March 17, 2020. That’s the same day as the presidential primary. And it leaves plenty of time for other city council candidates to jump in.
The qualifying period is the official time period for candidates to file to run for office. It begins 8 a.m. Jan. 2 and ends Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. “Even if a candidate has pre-qualified with the city so that they can begin raising funds for a campaign, they must submit additional state and municipal forms during the qualifying period,” according to the city.
Sachs is running against county school board member Karen Brill in the Aug. 18, 2020 primary. They’re both Democrats. Only registered Democrats can vote for one of them in the primary.
Sachs, a lawyer, and Brill, a Realtor, are vying to replace county Commissioner Mary Lou Berger in District 5. That covers west Boca in the county, outside the city limits.
Berger is term limited, so she can’t run again in 2022, according to her office.
By Marci Shatzman