PBC Commission candidate scolds opponent for incorrect statementby 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.