McGovern and Siskind re-elected to vil­lage coun­cil

The Palm Beach Post - - LOCAL & BUSINESS - By Kristina Webb Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

The wins went to the in­cum­bents in Welling­ton as Vice Mayor John McGovern and Coun­cil­woman Tanya Siskind were re-elected by large margins to their seats on the vil­lage coun­cil.

For Seat 3, McGovern faced chal­lenger Bart No­vack, a ship­ping and trans­porta­tion en­tre­pre­neur and long­time Welling­ton gad­fly. Chal­leng­ing Siskind for Seat 2 was Frank Fer­rano, a busi­ness owner and for­mer Welling­ton em­ployee who hoped to bring his busi­ness savvy to the dais.

Siskind could not be reached for com­ment Tues­day night. The pair shared an elec­tion-night party at Welling­ton Na­tional Golf Club. McGovern said there were hun­dreds of peo­ple there.

“What this night means for me to be elected by this mar­gin in the town where I grew up, in the town that I came back to to raise my fam­ily is in­cred­i­bly hum­bling and means the world to me,” McGovern said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the fact that the com­mu­nity now at large has said we sup­port John McGovern, we sup­port Tanya Siskind, we sup­port this coun­cil. Not be­cause we agree with them on ev­ery is­sue and ev­ery vote, but we sup­port them be­cause they re­flect the cul­ture and char­ac­ter and judg­ment of our com­mu­nity and that we ex­pect from our elected lead­ers,” he added.

McGovern, 43, was ap­pointed to the coun­cil in 2015 to re­place for­mer coun­cil­man Howard Coates. McGovern then was elected to Seat 3 in 2016 and ap­pointed to

be vice mayor.

No­vack, 61, also ap­plied for the seat in 2015 and de­cried McGovern’s ap­point­ment, say­ing the process was un­fair to him­self and the other 22 ap­pli­cants be­cause two coun­cil members, now-state Rep. Matt Will­hite and John Greene, made only one choice when asked to nar­row the field to five can­di­dates. That choice was McGovern. But Will­hite and Greene said it would be un­fair to the ap­pli­cants to choose run­ners-up when there was a clear op­tion.

McGovern pre­vi­ously told The Post he is proud of the “im­por­tant strides” Welling­ton has made dur­ing his time on the coun­cil to “set in mo­tion big plans and big projects.”

No­vack has been a fre­quent critic of Welling­ton of­fi­cials and has tan­gled legally both with the vil­lage and his neigh­bors in The Pre­serve at Binks For­est. He said he wanted to bring fresh ideas and more trans­parency to the coun­cil.

This was the 49-year-old Siskind’s first cam­paign af­ter be­ing ap­pointed to the coun­cil in 2016 to fill the seat left va­cant when Anne Ger­wig re­signed to run for mayor. She pre­vi­ously served on Welling­ton’s Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee and has made ed­u­ca­tion one of her top plat­forms since join­ing the coun­cil.

The 61-year-old Fer­rano said he de­cided to run for coun­cil be­cause he felt his back­ground in both the pri­vate and public sec­tors could be a boon to the vil­lage.

WIN­NER: McGovern

WIN­NER: Siskind

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