Boca Raton candidate attempts rare municipal double play

Former West Palm Beach City Commissioner Al Zucaro, shown here listening to results from the 2007 mayoral race in West Palm Beach, is now running for mayor in Boca Raton. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

 


Al Zucaro, who is challenging Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie in Tuesday’s city election, is trying to pull off the rare feat of winning elections in two different Palm Beach County municipalities.

 

Zucaro, a Boca Raton resident for nine years, used to live in West Palm Beach and was a city commissioner there from 1995 to 2002.

 

Village of Golf Mayor Tom Lynch was also mayor of Delray Beach from 1990 to 1996. He also served eight years on the county school board.

Next week’s election isn’t the first time Zucaro has challenged an incumbent mayor. In 2007, Zucaro ran and lost against former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel, who’s now a U.S. House member.

 

If Zucaro wins, he’ll join Village of Golf Mayor Tom Lynch in the fraternity of local figures who have been elected in two municipalities.

 

Lynch was mayor of Delray Beach from 1990 to 1996. He moved to Golf in 1997 and, after being elected twice to the Palm Beach County school board, was appointed to a council seat in Golf in 2007. He was subsequently elected and re-elected there.

 

Are there others who have been elected in two Palm Beach County municipalities?

 

“I can’t think of anyone else,” Lynch said Thursday.

 

Former North Palm Beach Village Councilwoman Gail Vastola campaigning for mayor of West Palm Beach in 2003.

Palm Beach County League of Cities Executive Director Richard Radcliffe and the league’s former director, Jamie Titcomb, both said Thursday they couldn’t immediately think of another person elected from two municipalities.

 

At least one other local figure tried to join the Two Municipality Club.

 

Gail Vastola was an elected member of the North Palm Beach village council from 1992 to 2000. She moved to West Palm Beach and ran unsuccessfully for mayor there in 2003. Vastola later moved to Palm Beach Gardens and was encouraged to run for a council seat there in 2007, but decided against.

 

 

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