Monday, February 4, 2019

A glaring omission in today’s Palm Beach Post about City of Lake Worth politics.

One of the most important factors for voters on Election Day, March 12th, went unreported in today’s Lake Worth Very Very Special Monday Cursory Print Edition (LWVVSMCPE).

Published in the Post today is their annual cursory review of the candidates that will be on the ballot next March. The editor(s) go out of their way to focus on the tiresome cliché about a “war of words” but in doing so they missed one vital piece of information: terms for elected officials was raised from two-year terms to three-year terms.

Apparently the Post managed to overlook a referendum that passed by a wide margin in March 2017.

Let’s pause briefly.

Worth Noting: To learn more about the upcoming elections for yourself and bypass the news and endorsements and all of that stuff click on this link for campaign treasurer reports that all candidates are required to turn in. The 2019 Month 1 reports will be coming out shortly and that will show who is gaining steam and who is falling behind.

Also Worth Noting: To watch and hear the candidates for yourself, the forum at the Lake Worth Playhouse was held on January 23rd.

From L–R (standing): NAPC moderator Jon Faust, District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy and challenger Cathy Turk. Next is District 4 Commissioner Herman C. Robinson, no-show candidate William Joseph, then challengers Tom Copeland and Richard Guercio on the far right.

Now back to three-year terms for elected officials.

That increase in terms for elected officials is very significant and how it went unreported is a complete mystery. Whomever is elected on March 12th will serve a term ending in 2022. And because of three year terms there will be no election of candidates in 2020! How cool is that. A year off.

And always fun, the endorsements from the Post editorial board will be coming up soon. They are probably still smarting after endorsing Sarah Malega in March 2018. But alas, Commissioner Scott Maxwell won once again.

So because of three-year terms Maxwell will be up for re-election once again in 2021 if he chooses to run again.

And the same goes for Mayor Pam Triolo and Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso.

The Post endorsements in 2016:

And worth noting: Mayor Pam Triolo’s State of the City Address is coming up on February 26th, 6:00, in the ballroom at the Lake Worth Casino. Make plans to get there early for a good seat.

Hope you find this information helpful and Thank You for visiting once again today.