|Posted by Anne Siren on January 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM|
Deerfield Beach - Three candidates are vying for the District 3 city commission seat. Mayor Peggy Noland faces a challenge from long-time political rival Jean Robb, and Dist. 4 Commissioner Bill Ganz drew no opposition and is re-elected.
The activity in District 3, comprised of Century Village East and Crystal Lake, is spurred by incumbent commissioner Marty Popelsky being ineligible to run due to term limits. Two candidates, Caryl Berner and Donna Capoblanco, have run before; the other, Richard Rosenzweig, is a newcomer to local politics.
Berner, 64, ran unsuccessfully for mayor four years ago, although she said this week she would have preferred to run for the commission but saw she was up against “hanky panky” in the Village and so switched her race.
She is the founder of the Century Village Relay for Life Team and was on the board of Master Management but has given up both to run for office. She served for a brief time on the DB Housing Authority.
Berner said she would have run even if Popelsky was a candidate citing “injustices” she feels exists in the city.
Capoblanco, 62, also ran four years ago seeking the District 3 seat. A 10-year resident of CVE, she has held all major positions within the Village including the presidency of Master Management, and a seat on the Century Village board of directors.
Capoblanco is currently president of her building and on the recreation committee.
Now retired, Capoblanco, was a business consultant for many years and more recently the owner of a memory game which she marketed to assisted living facilities.
She said she is running to give residents of the district a choice.
Rosenzweig, 74, came here five years ago from Silver Springs, MD where he was in the wholesale food distribution business and active politically in precinct and county government. Locally, he is a member of the Jewish War Veterans, the Democratic club and a member of Temple Beth Israel.
Although he never sought office in the past because his area had so many eligible candidates, Rosenzweig said now the time seems right.
Among the things that concern him are safety and senior citizen issues.
Noland, 61, will go up against former mayor Jean Robb who challenged her four years ago.
Robb, 81, has disagreed with the administration on many fronts, most notably opposing the public service tax enacted in 2011. She served as mayor from 1980 to 1993.
Noland is seeking her fourth, four-year term on the commission, her second as mayor.
She won over a large field in 2009.
No challengers in Hillsboro Beach
Hillsboro Beach- Incumbents Mayor Dan Dodge, Vice Mayor Claire Schubert and Commissioner Javier Garcia drew no opponents and are re-elected. Dodge was first elected in 2003 and has been mayor for two years. Schubert and Garcia were both elected to two-year terms in 2011.
The town passed a law in 2008 limiting commissioners to four, two-year terms.
Municipal elections take place March 12.