This is a candidate guide for the Palm Beach County Commission elections. For similar guides for Palm Beach’s candidates for the State Senate, Democratic Candidates for the Florida House, or Republican Candidates for the Florida House, see the attached links.
Democrat Mary Brandenburg, the current Florida House member for West Palm Beach, is running for this seat. During her tenure in the House she was a member of the Colleges & Universities Committee, Domestic Security Committee, Education Council, Health & Families Council, State Administration Appropriations Committee, and the State Administration Council.
She has a long history of service within Palm Beach County as well.
Democrat Paulette Burdick is challenging Brandenburg for the seat, she was the “past President of the South Florida Consortium of School Boards. The American Jewish Congress named Paulette as the Civic Leader of The Year in 2007. Currently she is working on the County, State and Federal levels to promote the Community of Wellness. She was recognized by the League of Cities in 2004 as the School Board Member of the Year.”
Incumbent commissioner, Republican Steven L. Abrams is running for re-election against Libertarian candidate Karl N. Dickey.
Abrams has a long history with Palm Beach: “Abrams is the former Mayor of Boca Raton, elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2003 without opposition and in 2005 with the most votes in city history. He was named Mayor Emeritus when he stepped down in 2008 due to term limits. The Commissioner also served five terms as a City Council member in Boca Raton from 1989 to 1999 and was a member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Board between 1987 and 1989. Abrams is a past president of the Palm Beach County League of Cities and a founding board member of the Florida League of Mayors.”
Dickey, a candidate for the State Senate, District 30 in 2006, which he carried 12.21 percent of the vote, is facing Abrams. Dickey’s website claims he was an integral part of the imposition of term limits for Palm Beach Commissioners, and is presently the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida. He also assisted with legislation to strengthen homeowner’s property rights, resulting in Florida’s strict anti-eminent domain legislation.
In this district, Democrat Elissa Pearl is the only announced candidate, after some speculation that she would face the incumbent Jess Santamaria, who has since decided not to run for re-election.
In this district, currently held by Democrat Priscilla Taylor, a former State Legislator who was a ranking Democratic member of the Insurance, Business & Financial Affairs Policy Committee, among several others.
Since becoming the District 7 Commissioner, “”Taylor represented the state of Florida at the 2005 National Summit on Hurricane Insurance in San Francisco, California. She has also served on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, the Palm Beach County Overall Economic Development Committee, the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. While on the Port of Palm Beach Commission, she served on the Executive Committee for Discover Palm Beach County.”
Commissioner Taylor is being challenged by Republican candidate Vincent Goodman, a retried educator, who was one of Crist’s four finalists for the Palm Beach County commission appointment that eventually went to Democrat Priscilla Taylor.
The Palm Beach Post reports that “Democrats have a 4-to-1 registration edge over Republicans in Taylor’s minority-dominated District 7. “
Candidate guides for School Board, and for County Court Judge are forthcoming.