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PBC Commission candidate scolds opponent for incorrect statement

by Jennifer Sorentrue | October 2nd, 2012

Republican Hal Valeche has admonished his Democratic opponent in the race for the Palm Beach County Commission seat of term-limited Karen Marcus for incorrectly saying during a candidate’s forum that he supported increased development on a 61-acre property in Palm Beach Gardens.

Valeche, a former Palm Beach Gardens city council member, said he never voted in favor of boosting the number of homes that are allowed on the property in the city’s western section.

Valeche called on Democrat David Levy, the current Mayor of Palm Beach Gardens who was a councilman at the time of the vote, to correct the statement.

Levy admitted last week that he may have been “mistaken” about the vote.

“I will give him this,” Levy said. “If I was mistaken, I apologize.”

Levy made the remark during a debate last month before the county’s Economic Forum. Levy alleged that the vote showed that Valeche supported western development in the county’s north end.

In a two-page letter, Valeche told Levy that the statement was incorrect and asked that he not repeat it. The letter included six pages of minutes from city council meetings where the property was discussed.

Valeche also requested that Levy inform the Economic Forum that the statements were incorrect.

“As you can see from the record, what you said publicly has absolutely no basis in fact,” Valeche wrote. “I would admonish you not to repeat, in any form, what you now know to be untrue. Further, I would request that you inform our hosts at the Economic Forum, with a copy to me, that you were in fact mistaken.”

Valeche and Levy will battle it out for Marcus’ north county commission seat on Nov. 6. Marcus, who was first elected to the commission in 1984, will leave office in November as a result of the county’s decade-old term-limit rule. She has not endorsed a candidate in the race.

2 Responses to “PBC Commission candidate scolds opponent for incorrect statement”

  1. Hal Sounds a Bit Confused Says:

    At that Economic Forum meeting Hal said he not only thought Palm Beach County needed more commercial property, but that “Vavrus was the place to do it.” If that isn’t supporting more western development in the county’s north end than I don’t know what is?

  2. Legal Eagle Says:

    @ “Hal Sounds a Bit Confused ”

    So, I’m tendin’ bar there at Ecklund and Swedlin’s last Tuesday, and this little guy’s drinkin’ and he says, “So where can a guy find some action? I’m goin’ crazy out there at the lake.” And I says, “What kinda action?” and he says, “Woman action, what do I look like?” And I says, “Well, what do I look like, I don’t arrange that kinda thing,” and he says, “But I’m goin’ crazy out there at the lake,” and I says, “Well, this ain’t that kinda place.”
    So he angrily says, “Oh I get it, so you think I’m some kinda crazy jerk for askin’,” only he doesn’t use the word “jerk.”
    And then he calls me a jerk, and says that the last guy who thought he was a jerk is dead now. So I don’t say nothin’ and he says, “What do ya think about that?” So I says, “Well, that don’t sound like too good a deal for him, then.”
    And he says, “Yah, that guy’s dead, and I don’t mean of old age.” And then he says, “Geez, I’m goin’ crazy out there at the lake.”
    So, ya know, he’s drinkin’, so I don’t think a whole great deal of it, but Mrs. Mohra heard about the homicides down here last week and she thought I should call it in, so… I called it in. End o’ story.
    he was a little guy… Kinda funny lookin’.

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