What an active political week for Boca Raton….

As reported last week, the Mayor is abandoning ship as predicted and seeking higher office in the County Commission District 4 seat; a partisan seat currently held by Republican Steve Abrams.  To date, no other candidates, ether Republican or Democrat, have emerged….

As predicted, CRA Chairman/Council Member Scott Singer, yesterday file his notice of intent to seek election to the non-partisan Mayor’s seat expected to be vacated in November, 2018.  By City Charter, the vacated seat will require a special election sometime in early 2019.  No one else, as yet, has announced intent to run for the Mayor’s seat but rumor has it that Council Member Weinroth has aspirations to look at a possible challenge.

If true, Mr. Weinroth would have to withdraw his name from consideration for re-election to his current city council seat.  As of the October campaign financing report, Mr. Weinroth has raised in excess of $74,000 and spent less than $5,000 toward his re-election efforts.  Monies contributed to the Weinroth City Council campaign may be transferred to a race for Mayor with the consent of the contributor.  So far, BocaWatch is unaware of any inquiry from the Weinroth campaign of contributors to allow their contributions to be moved.  Stay tuned for more as details unfold….

Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers is also seeking re-election to his current City Council seat.  As of the October financing report, Mr. Rodgers has reported  raising over $21,000 with $5,000 being a loan by Mr. Rodgers to his election efforts.  Expenditures to date are minimal leaving the bulk of these funds available.  One significant note is that Deputy Mayor Rodgers held his campaign kick-off party at the Swiss Chalet restaurant after the filing deadline.  With over 200 people in attendance, it is anticipated that his financial coffers will swell considerably in the upcoming November reporting cycle.

Again, as reported last week, long-time resident, Monica Mayotte has filed to run for the City Council against Mr. Weinroth.  Mrs. Mayotte has been very involved in city matters.  Her posture is to join Council Woman Andrea O’Rourke as a second ‘resident friendly’ voice on the council putting resident interests in ‘sustainable’ growth over the unfettered developer interests advocating growth at any expense, especially at the expense of quality of life issues.  No financials can be reported this month as none have been filed.  Her first reporting period will be the month of October due in early November.

BocaWatch will continue to bring you news about these campaigns.  Our objective will be to tell the story behind the story; ‘following the money’ and demonstrating those interests that will undoubtedly  contribute big checks and bundled contribution in an effort to gain favor and access to the elected official they support….

As predicted last week….2018 elections are already in full swing.

You may remember the game played when we were kids where more players are circling the available chairs waiting for the music to stop….The next 4½ months will result in seeing who remains standing when the political music stops….

Stay tuned….this will be more than interesting…