Undecided on 2010 plans, Santamaria says commission job is half rewarding, half “waste of time”by George Bennett | March 6th, 2010
Santamaria, who represents western-county District 6, came into office saying he was focused only on a single term. But he never unequivocally ruled out seeking reelection, and Santamaria now says he and his wife are “seriously discussing my serving a second term.”
Santamaria was a longtime developer and businessman in Royal Palm Beach who was registered to vote with no party affiliation. He became a Democrat in 2006 and won the District 6 seat after the resignation of Tony Masilotti, a Republican who eventually went to federal prison on corruption charges.Only one candidate, Democrat Elissa Pearl, has opened a 2010 campaign for District 6, and she has said she won’t run if Santamaria does. If Santamaria does not run, a flood of Republicans and Democrats would likely enter the race.
In an e-mail to The Palm Beach Post today, Santamaria said making a decision on whether to run has taken longer than he expected.
“The reason it is taking us longer to decide is because I love 50 percent of what I do as a Palm Beach County Commissioner – it is challenging, interesting, many big important problems to solve, lots of almost impossible dreams to make come true with the support of the good people of Palm Beach County,” Santamaria wrote.
“However,” he continued, “the other 50 percent is a total waste of time on a lot of nonsense, minutia, insignificant issues, having to listen to people who love to (hear) themselves talk during meetings, too many social events, ribbon cuttings, etc., etc., etc.”
Santamaria said he needs to figure out a way to minimize the time spent on less-imporant matters and free up more of his time for issues such as taxes, jobs, crime, the environment, children and “improving the lives of the less fortunate among us.”
That sounds like something a candidate for office would say — but, Santamaria wrote, “these are the things I love to do and will continue doing, whether I am a commissioner or a private citizen.”