Seven candidates, including two incumbents, seek to win a spot on the Hillsboro Beach dais on March 8. The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board recommends current commissioner Dan Dodge and rivals Claire Schubert and Javier Garcia.
Dan Dodge, 56, is completing his fourth term on the commission. During that time, he has shown an even temperament and a studious approach to issues before the town. If re-elected, Dodge is looking ahead to addressing the town's water distribution system, updating the town's codes and planning for better use of the few vacant lots available once the housing market rebounds.
Claire Schubert, who has run for a spot on the dais before, brings energy and a sincere interest to her campaign. If elected, Schubert, says she wants to bring efficiency to Hillsboro Beach governance.
Schubert, a 63-year-old community activist, is certainly familiar with the town's government structure. She is a former chairwoman of Hillsboro Beach's Charter Review Committee.
Specifically, she calls for more than one regularly scheduled commission meeting per month, and she makes a valid case that the small town's problems are big enough to require more face time. She also wants to upgrade the town's online systems to better communicate with residents.
Schubert advocates recycling to save money on trash bills and promote green practices, plus forming "citizen committees to gather information and help disseminate it." To do so, she says she would tap the many professionals who live in the town to assist in this effort.
Javier Garcia, 26, a sales representative, also wants to improve the town's technology systems to better serve residents. He also wants to figure out ways to clean the town's beach sand saying efforts to re-nourish beaches will be diminished if the shore is littered with trash left behind by its users.
Four other candidates aspire to the Hillsboro Beach dais. They include incumbent Commissioner Richard Maggiore, 65, who was appointed in November. That certainly didn't give Maggiore, who owns a pub, enough time to establish a record of achievement, and Maggiore doesn't seem to offer the energy and ideas that Dodge, Schubert and Garcia do.
The other candidates are Joseph Germano, a retiree, who should be encouraged to remain active if he does not win a seat in this election, Albert Gabrielle, 77, who is in real estate sales, and retired entertainer Anthony Micelli, 77.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times