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O’Rourke files for re-election; Thomson sets his campaign kickoff

Councilwoman Andrea Levine O’Rourke has filed to run again. That makes her the third council member running for re-election.

O’Rourke filed with Boca Raton’s city clerk on Friday for her second, three-year term in Seat B. She announced a kickoff for mid- to late October.

Councilman Andy Thomson just scheduled his campaign kickoff for Seat A for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 21090 St. Andrews Blvd.

Mayor Scott Singer’s campaign kickoff is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 26 in Loch Bar restaurant in Mizner Park.

All three are running in the city’s non-partisan election March 17, 2020. That’s the same day as Florida’s presidential primary.

So far, the only contender is Bernie Korn, who’s running for mayor again.

O’Rourke chairs the city’s CRA. City council sits as the Community Redevelopment Agency that governs the downtown district.

Below is her Q&A on why she decided to run again and what she stands for.

Q: Why did you file so early? Was it to start officially raising campaign contributions or just to get it out of the way?

A: I thought it was important to show my intent to maintain my seat and share my interest in continuing to serve our city. Of course, raising money is always an important component of a campaign. It shows the citizen’s interest and support in my desire to serve.

Q: What made you decide to run again?  

A: I have put so much devotion into the past 2 1/2 years, I am not ready to walk away. We have made great strides in maintaining stability with a strong, collaborative City Council.  I would like to continue in this most honorable position. My focus is always on the greater good of our community.  

City Councilwoman and CRA chair Andrea Levine O’Rourke

Q: What did you learn in your first race you plan to use in this one? 

A: If you are asking about running a campaign, there’s no getting around it, it is really hard work! Meeting with people every day. Knocking on doors. Holding meet and greets. Sharing my vision. Asking the residents and business owners about their needs. 

What will be different this time is that while working to get re-elected, I must maintain the upmost focus on the job at hand as a city council member and CRA chair. 

Q: What do you consider your platform and track record? 

A: My interest has always been listening to the voices of the citizens, both residents and business owners. My focus is the greater good. Our decisions have a long-term effect, which makes it important to consider our legacy when setting policy and analyzing development. 

I think my track record shows considerable thought and due diligence when faced with serious decisions. I have pushed the development community to come forward with better plans and better projects. 

I have put safety first. I have worked closely with the Palm Beach County school district to assure we maintain a safe and livable environment for our children. I have initiated and been closely involved in Art in Public Places, which has added a layer of creativity that our community was lacking. I have spent considerable time working with the high school youth of our community.  

Q: What do you want voters to know about you personally?

A: I have lived in Boca Raton since 1979. I have owned my own business, worked in a family business. I have held positions at some outstanding organizations in our community. 

My husband George just retired from a 40-year career in financial management. We have been married and love being a great team since 1981. We are delighted that our daughter and her family have also chosen to make Boca Raton their home. 

I am a proud graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor of fine arts degree. My work background has included design, communications, branding, marketing, advertising, public relations, and management. 

By Marci Shatzman

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