More than 100 people heard 23 candidates talk about their qualifications at a Meet the Candidates forum sponsored by Palm Beach Civic Association.
The free event at Nick & Johnnie’s restaurant was an opportunity to help Palm Beach voters make informed decisions in the Aug. 14 election.
Candidates whose names appear on the ballot in Palm Beach were invited to speak to the forum.
Among those who addressed the audience were both candidates in the Democratic primary for U.S. House District 22. Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel is running against Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs in that race. The winner faces Republican Adam Hasner in the Nov. 6 general election.
Voters showed interest in meeting candidates in a three-man Republican county commission primary for the seat now filled by long-time commissioner Karen Marcus, who will retire because of term limits. Candidates Dan Amero and Hal Valeche appeared to speak. They and Harry Gaboian want to be the Republican who faces Democrat David Levy in the November election.
The Aug. 14 election has nine countywide races that open to all registered voters in addition to five closed primaries for Democrats and two closed primaries for Republicans.
All candidates in six of the nine races open to all voters were present to speak at the forum.
Susan Bucher, Woodie McDuffie and Caneste Succe are vying to be elections supervisor; Gary Nikolits and Robert Weinroth to be property appraiser; and Sharon Bock and Lisa Epstein to be clerk of the court.
Eight of the 10 judicial candidates competing for five circuit and county judgeships also spoke to Palm Beach voters.
Several candidates remarked from the podium that the Civic Association Voters Guide was the nicest and most impartial guide they have seen to help voters understand the candidates. Click Here to Download the PDF of the Civic Association Voters Guide.