Endorsement: Keep Richards On Port Commission

With the Nov. 6 general election just weeks away, Florida voters have plenty of decisions to make before they enter their polling place. Over the next several weeks, the Town-Crier will offer opinions on some of the items voters will find on the ballot. This week we offer our suggestions for two local State House races and the Port of Palm Beach Commission race.

PORT OF PALM BEACH COMMISSION, SEAT 1 — Democrat Wayne Richards, the incumbent who has served as chair of the port commission for the past two years, faces a challenge from Republican George Black. In our endorsement of Richards in the primary election, we touted his service on this board, most notably the fact that the port is running smoothly and has seen an increase in revenue under his leadership — a rather impressive accomplishment given the difficult economic period we’re in. Black has some good ideas but doesn’t have a complete understanding of the port’s operations. And his recent problems with the law don’t bode well for someone seeking office. Given Richards’ record on the board, there’s no reason to change direction at this point. The Town-Crier strongly endorses incumbent Wayne Richards for Port of Palm Beach Commission Seat 1.