Voters in Boca Raton deserve a choice for mayor, Linda Spurling Gruneisen says. So when no one filed to challenge incumbent Susan Whelchel, Gruneisen decided to file papers Thursday about six hours before the deadline for candidates to qualify for the March 8 ballot.
“The main reason I’m running is because I woke up the other day and saw that no one was running for mayor,” Gruneisen said this morning. “I wanted to be sure that the people of Boca Raton have a choice.”
The mayor’s race will be the only one on the March 8 ballot. City council incumbents Susan Haynie and Michael Mullaugh didn’t draw any challengers and therefore were automatically reelected.
Conducting an election could cost the city about $100,000, City Clerk Susan Saxton said. The city’s last election, in 2009, cost about $94,000 to pay poll workers, print ballots, run required advertisements and move voting equipment to more than two dozen polling places.