There’s no city commission election this March. As previously reported, incumbents Cory Neering and Keith James went unchallenged and were automatically re-elected.
But now the March 2018 race has begun.
On Monday, District 5 Commissioner Shanon Materio sent out an email to supporters, announcing she’ll be running in 2018 for another two-year term. The South End businesswoman first took office in 2013.
She’s an active participant on the dais and has pushed for improvements to the South Olive Tennis Center and the municipal golf course. More recently she moved to undo a commission vote she’d supported — which would have allowed developer Michael Masanoff up to $114 million in tax incentives for his Transit Village project — after it became clear the public opposed the giveaway.
Materio says the top item on her priority list is to fix the city’s traffic woes. “And I mean everywhere in the city. Traffic, traffic, traffic. From the North End to the South End, east and west.”
She also wants to improve the climate for businesses small and large, but especially to make sure the city is business-friendly to mom-and-pop operations. And speaking of climate, she wants to get the city more engaged in addressing sea level rise.
ALSO IN THE RUNNING….District 1 Commissioner Sylvia Moffett said Monday she’s about to throw her hat in the ring for another term in the North End. Moffett and Neering were the only commissioners to oppose the Transit Village subsidy from the start, as too rich a deal.
She said she wasn’t sure whether to run again but started getting calls from supporters on the one hand, and from potential candidates who wanted to know if she was going to run, so she decided to go for it.
She hasn’t put in her papers yet, but figures she’d better hurry up since apparently campaign season has begun early this year. She said she faces possible opposition from Pastor Martina Walker, who ran unsuccessfully against her in 2016.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST…. Longtime community organizer and real estate developer Paula Ryan also said Monday she has filed for another term as District 3 commissioner.
Ryan, whose central district covers the Northwest, downtown and part of the South Flagler Drive area, said her top priority will be to help spur redevelopment of the Historic Northwest neighborhood, to support mobility studies to improve traffic flow and to press for roadway improvements on the South Dixie Highway corridor.
For more details, there’ll be an article in The Palm Beach Post, tentatively scheduled for tomorrow.