This is Peter Gary, Publisher of The Boca Voice. Welcome to our August edition!
The political race for Boca Raton’s mayoral seat and city council seat A continues to move forward as election day nears us on August 28th.
Since Susan Haynie’s suspension this past April, we have been witnesses of a turbulent political scene which led current interim Mayor Scott Singer to step up to the plate, helping move our city forward with its ongoing plans and projects.
With the final day to register to vote now officially closed, residents will soon be casting their ballots, and I could not be more excited to see what the outcome will be for our city.
The major concerns during this election continue to be issues of overdevelopment and schools’ overcrowding. Recent developments involving members of the current city council have helped us make a choice here at The Boca Voice, which decided on the endorsement of Scott Singer for mayor.
What makes him the most suited candidate?
Singer’s voting record at the city council show his belief in smart growth, including his support of a long-term solution for the Midtown area: “For the thousands of families who live near Midtown, getting the right planning is essential,” he said. Singer has also been actively involved in plans to build new schools which would ease the overcrowding; in fact, he has been a key influence in city efforts to expedite stalled state approval to build the new elementary school known as 05C. He contacted Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart to ask them to accelerate the review process and has been working with city lobbyists to obtain the approval. In addition, we feel that Singer’s continuous efforts to grant residents a voice at city council makes him the right candidate for the job. His recent win in the suspension of the canal maintenance project by LWDD speaks of such efforts in which Boca residents urged the city to intervene.
In addition to our endorsement of Singer, we also offer our support to Andy Thomson for city council seat A. Alongside his law degree, Thomson brings with him a degree in electrical engineering and experience on transportation planning and traffic studies at a civil engineering firm. Such unique background, he noted, would make him best suited for improving the traffic issues faced by Boca residents on a daily basis. Additionally, Thomson has already made efforts from outside the city council to help schools’ safety and overcrowding problems. As vice-chair on the city’s Education Task Force, he petitioned added school security and advocated to build a new school on Military Trail and Spanish River Boulevard.
After careful consideration of candidates’ experience, qualifications, and vision for our city, The Boca Voice believes that Singer and Thomson have the necessary background to tackle the critical issues facing our city, and as such, we give them our support.
By the end of August, voters will be voicing their choice for Boca Raton and we encourage all of you to cast your ballot for the candidates that you want to see at your city council. Beat the super voters that in the past dictated the outcome of local elections!
And for the holiday lovers, although you may not be able to skip work on these days, there is still cause for celebration on these fun holidays: August 1stis National Girlfriend’s Day, followed by National Coloring Book Day on August 2nd, International Beer Day on August 3rd, National Friendship Day on August 5th, and National Beach Day on August 30th. Plus, don’t forget to get your shots! It is National Immunization Awareness Month this August.
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Peter Gary – Publisher