UPDATE: Voters in 22 cities, towns and villages in Palm Beach County and in one in Martin County today selected mayors, council members and voting on referendums.
In Riviera Beach they held the first election since the firing of the city manager became a major issue.
Council member Dawn Pardo, who voted for the firing, lost to Julie Botel. Another council member, Kashamba Miller-Anderson, who voted to keep the city manager, defeated Keith Golden.
One of the most contentious contests was in Delray Beach where two city commissioners campaigned to become the next mayor. Commissioner Shelley Petrolia defeated Commissioner Jim Chard. In the contest both argued they were the best to bring stability to city hall where a number of department heads and employees have left over the past few years.
In Royal Palm Beach, the race for mayor was a rematch between incumbent Fred Pinto and former Village Council Member Martha Webster. Pinto won again last night.
In Martin County, Indiantown held its first election since formally becoming a village last year. They chose five council members: Carlos Alvarez, Craig Bauzenber, Jackie Clark, Anthony Dowling and Janet Hernandez.
Tuesday is Election Day for a lot of towns, villages and cities in Palm Beach County, and we’re watching them closely.
One race in particular could signal a big shift in politics and it’s in Riviera Beach.
District 4 Councilwoman Dawn Pardo is seeking re-election. Pardo is one of three council members who voted to fire former city manager Jonathan Evans, who recently announced his intent to sue the city for the mishandling of his firing.
On Tuesday, voters will find out if their feverish energy about the topic will be enough to push the incumbent out. Pardo has received backlash from people who thought it was the wrong move.
Pardo is being challenged by Julie Botel, a former educator. Botel is among a group of vocal supporters who wanted Evans rehired and is calling for more transparency in the city.
Anyone who lives in Riviera Beach and registered to vote can participate in the election. District 2, which is filled by Chairwoman KaShamba Miller-Anderson, is also up for grabs. Miller-Anderson is facing Keith Golden in the election.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters must bring a valid identification to their polling precinct.
Elections are also being held in Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Juno Beach, Lake Worth, Loxahatchee Groves, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Pahokee, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Tequesta, Wellington and West Palm Beach.