Four newcomers elected to Lake Park commission
By Jodie Wagner
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
LAKE PARK —
Newcomers Kimberly Glas Castro, Erin Flaherty, Kathy Rapoza and Michael O’Rourke will join Mayor James DuBois on the town commission after winning their race Tuesday night, according to unofficial results from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office.
Incumbent commissioner Steve Hockman did not hold onto his seat.
Glas Castro, a land-planning consultant, earned the most votes among 438 cast. Small business owner Flaherty had the second-most votes, followed by trial attorney O’Rourke and retired businesswoman Rapoza.
Under a system put in place more than three years ago, residents today voted for one candidate among the six on the ballot. The top four vote-getters were elected to three-year terms.
Hockman, a self-employed electrical designer, finished fifth in balloting, one vote behind Rapoza. Massage therapist Diane Bernhard also was in the field.
Incumbents Janine Longtin, Kendall Rumsey and Tim Stevens chose not to run for re-election. DuBois has one year remaining in his term.
“I’m grateful, humble and elated,” said Rapoza, 70, a political newcomer who says she will work to draw new businesses and industry to the town of 8,133. “The message I want to convey is, I will do my ultimate to work very hard for the town of Lake Park.”
Glas Castro, 48, who had voiced concerns about a lack of communication within town leadership, looks forward to working with her fellow commissioners.
““None of us knew each other before this campaign, and with all the candidates’ forums and meet-the-candidates functions, we’ve gotten to know each other,” she said. “We are all on the same page. We’ve learned from each other. I think we are going to work great together.”
Voter turnout was low today, with just 9 percent of the town’s 4,803 registered voters casting ballots at three polling locations, according to the elections website.
That figure was down from the nearly 11 percent of registered voters who cast ballots in the town’s last election, nearly two years ago.
Commissioners will make a salary of $9,384 annually. A swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected commissioners will be March 20, clerk Vivian Mendez said.