Boca Raton’s next Municipal Election is six months away on March 9, 2021. But four candidates already filed to run for the two city council seats available.
Incumbent council member and CRA chair Monica Mayotte filed for her seat D, the city has confirmed. She can run for a second term.
But Councilman Jeremy Rodgers is term limited in seat C. So former Deputy Mayor Constance Scott, frequent candidate Bernie Korn and newcomer Yvette Drucker have filed for that open position. Scott’s announcement is still posted on Boca Voice Facebook. Here’s the Q&A with candidate Drucker:
Q: How long have you lived in Boca and where were you before?
A: I’ve lived in the city of Boca Raton for 12 years and in Charleston Place just outside the city limits previously.
Q: You’re always been involved in the nonprofit scene. What made you decide to run for city council?
A: My work as chair of the Boca Raton Education Task Force for two years and past vice chair of the Boca Raton Historic Preservation Board over four years. In addition to my leadership roles with Boca Raton Historical Society for six years and Junior League of Boca Raton for 10 years. I was also involved with Florence Fuller Child Development Centers for three years and Boca Raton Children’s Museum for three years. With school PTA/PTOs for four years combined, I have interacted with the city and staff on a regular basis. Because of this, I have a unique understanding of how city government interfaces with residents, businesses and neighborhoods. That prepares me well to set policy and make responsible decisions as the next member of city council.
Q: Have you ever run for or held an elected office?
A: This is my first time running for public office. I have been thinking about it for a few years, and now is definitely the right time.
Q: This is a nonpartisan election. Did that figure into your decision to run, that you didn’t have to align yourself with one party?
A: There is already too much division and partisanship in our country. So I am running to represent all the people in Boca Raton and hopefully bring a positive, forward-looking approach to this election. We need to take a responsible approach to public safety and health. We also have to set policy that prioritizes getting our economy back up to full strength. That is not partisan, that just makes sense.
Q: Did you know you would be running against Constance Scott, a former deputy mayor? Why do you think that’s important?
A: I think we actually filed on the same day, so yes I did. I am looking forward to bringing some new energy and passion to this race and to the city council.
Q: What will you bring to the table? What do you think council is doing wrong or not doing at all? Will you have a platform?
A: I bring unique business, nonprofit, civic and neighborhood perspective and experience to the table. I have a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing families, children and businesses from my public service. I have extensive chair and membership experience on both city and community boards and groups, as well as my long professional business career. Mayor Singer and the city council have made responsible decisions with the challenges Boca Raton has faced.
As far as a platform, I love Boca Raton and want to safeguard the things we hold dear. I will also work to address the challenges we face. I will focus on moving our economy into a more sustainable place. I will take responsible steps to keep us safe and emerge beyond coronavirus. I will prioritize neighborhood needs. I will support a smart growth approach with exceptional planning, design and infrastructure that can minimize impacts while maximizing community benefits.
Most importantly, we need to work together to make sure we respect our past. But at the same time, prioritize a forward-looking vision for a sustainable, safe, and economically vibrant future of Boca Raton.
By Marci Shatzman