BocaWatch Publisher, Al Zucaro, announced Monday that he will run for mayor of Boca Raton in the special election in August.
As expected, his announcement depicted him as the “resident-friendly” candidate in the same manner in which council member Monica Mayotte had been described by her recent campaign for the past March elections. In fact, Zucaro will be using the same consultant, Patriot Games of West Palm Beach, as Andrea O’Rourke last year and Monica Mayotte this year, observed Boca Magazine.
Zucaro will be filing paperwork by the end of this week. This is his second run for mayor of Boca Raton; he lost his first race in March of 2017 against Susan Haynie, noted the magazine.
Zucaro will now be facing the mayor in interim, Scott Singer, who resigned from his city council seat to run on August 28th. Singer had been a favorite of BocaWatch since his criticism of plans for a restaurant on the Wildflower property, said Boca Magazine. However, tables are now turning with Zucaro challenging Singer for the mayor seat.
BocaWatch’s claim to “resident-friendly” candidates such as O’Rourke, Mayotte, and now Zucaro creates a discrepancy between residents’ wishes and who are the most qualified candidates. According to Singer’s comment below, he is of the resident’s minds as well, for he is willing, and has done so in the past, to face large developers, for example, in order to keep construction at the right pace.
The irony, further noted Singer, is that these same developers are now backing-up the “resident-friendly” Zucaro against him: “Just this past week, I’ve heard that some of Boca’s largest developers and their attorneys, who didn’t appreciate my votes against their projects, are lining up a candidate to run against me,” said Singer to Boca Magazine.
The qualifying period for potential candidates to file their paperwork ends on the 30th of this month. So far, in addition to Singer, there are three more candidates who have filed to run for the mayor seat: Glenn Gromann, Bernard Korn and Paul Preste. None of these candidates, however, have qualified for the position.
As of now, it appears that the race for the mayor seat will be between Singer and Zucaro, but there is yet another week until the closing of the qualifying period.