Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Al Zucaro Decides to Run for Boca Raton Mayor

ZucaroAs expected, BocaWatch Publisher Al Zucaro will make his second run for mayor of Boca Raton.
Zucaro announced Monday that he will file paperwork this week to challenge Scott Singer, the interim mayor who already has resigned his city council seat to run for mayor. Glenn Gromann, Bernard Korn and Paul Preste have filed paperwork, but they haven’t qualified. The qualifying period ends May 30.
Susan Haynie defeated Zucaro in March 2017. Gov. Rick Scott suspended Haynie after she was charged April 24 with seven counts of public corruption. She has pleaded not guilty.
As recently as 2016, Singer was a BocaWatch favorite, especially when he broke with the council and criticized plans for a restaurant on the Wildflower property. The website supported the ordinance Singer introduced—and voters approved—in 2016 that made the special election possible. Under previous rules, Singer—who was deputy mayor when Haynie was arrested—would have filled out the rest of Haynie’s term unless she was reinstated.
The mayor’s term ends in March 2020. Any candidate who wins the Aug. 28 special election could serve the rest of the current term and two full, six-year terms.
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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