Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Shakeup in Boca Raton Politics Has Begun

City Councilman Robert Weinroth (pictured above) told me this morning that he would not run for reelection to Seat D. Instead, Weinroth will run for the District 4 seat on the Palm Beach County Commission.

Mayor Susan Haynie also is a candidate for the commission and was the heavy favorite until a Palm Beach Post story about a contract her husband’s property management company has with a condo community where James and Marta Batmasian—Boca Raton’s largest private landowners —own most of the units.

Weinroth had to decide by today because qualifying for the March 13 city election closes at 5 p.m.

Monica Mayotte had been Weinroth’s challenger. I’m told that there will be one and perhaps two credible candidates in Seat D along with Mayotte.

Weinroth’s decision also could affect what had been expected to be a special election for mayor in March 2019.

I will have much more about this in my Thursday post.

Randy Schultz
Randy Schultz, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, has been a South Florida journalist since 1974. He worked for The Miami Herald until 1976 and for The Palm Beach Post from 1976 until 2014, where he served as managing editor and editorial page editor. Since 2014, he has written a politics blog, commentaries and other articles for Boca magazine. His writing has earned first-place awards from the Florida Magazine Association and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. Randy has lived in Boca Raton with his wife, Shelley Huff-Schultz, since 1985. His son, daughter-in-law and their three children also live in Boca Raton.

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