Lake Worth: Did the in­cum­bents sur­vive their chal­lenges?

The Palm Beach Post - - LOCAL & BUSINESS - By Kevin D. Thomp­son Palm Beach Post Staff Writer kthomp­son@pb­ Twit­ter: @Kev­inDThomp­son1

LAKE WORTH — With close to half of the vote com­pleted late Tues­day night, Lake Worth Mayor Pam Tri­olo ap­peared to se­cure a fourth term as the city’s leader while City Com­mis­sioner Scott Maxwell nar­rowly was ahead of an­other neo­phyte, Sarah Malega, in the District I seat, ac­cord­ing to re­sults posted by the Palm Beach County Su­per­vi­sor of Elec­tions.

Tri­olo was fac­ing po­lit­i­cal new­comer Drew Martin and held a 74-25 per­cent lead with nine of 16 precincts re­port­ing.

Tri­olo, 50, runs her own advertising, mar­ket­ing and public re­la­tions firm and re­cently said she ran again to fin­ish the work the com­mis­sion started.

Tri­olo said tax­able eval­u­a­tion of all Lake Worth prop­er­ties in 2012 was $990 mil­lion. That num­ber was $1.6 bil­lion in 2017 — a 60 per­cent in­crease.

“We’ve done what we said, but we want to make sure we’re pro­tect­ing our small-town charm as we grow,” Tri­olo said. “We don’t want to be Delray or West Palm, but we want to be the very best ver­sion of our­selves that we can.”

Her big­gest ac­com­plish­ment in of­fice, Tri­olo said, was when Lake Worth’s Elec­tric Util­ity fi­nally achieved bill par­ity with Florida Power & Light Co. “We are 18 cents cheaper than FPL now,” Tri­olo said.

Martin, a 63-year-old en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cate, said he wasn’t sur­prised at the out­come.

“She had a tremen­dous ad­van­tage from the be­gin­ning and she’s very pop­u­lar in the city,” he said. “But we still need to have elec­tions. We brought a lot of good is­sues to the ta­ble. We have very es­tab­lished vot­ers of peo­ple vot­ing for peo­ple in power, but there are still many ques­tions and is­sues in Lake Worth. There has been a lot of suc­cess as well.”

In the District I race, Maxwell, 59, has been in the seat since 2009. He was orig­i­nally elected in 2001, served two years, left, then won again in 2009.

Maxwell did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

His op­po­nent is po­lit­i­cal rookie Malega, a 42-year-old per­sonal auto shop­per and gym owner. She said she’s run­ning be­cause she said not enough has been done in her Royal Poin­ciana neigh­bor­hood.

“My team has worked re­ally hard to get us here,” she said. “I love (that) I’ve been able to make friend­ships and meet thou­sands of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who are con­cerned where our city is go­ing and who were happy they had a voice.”

She said she still feels pos­i­tive about Lake Worth and that’s she’s go­ing back to the draw­ing board to­day.

“I’ll come up with a bet­ter plan,” she said. “As a busi­ness owner, my con­cern are still things hap­pen­ing in Lake Worth.”


WIN­NER, Mayor: Lake Worth Mayor Pam Tri­olo hugs a sup­porter Tues­day night at the Blue Front Bar and Grill af­ter elec­tion re­sults showed her in the lead over ri­val Drew Martin.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.