Letter: My Despair Turned To Delight

Due to term limits, District 6 County Commissioner Jess Santamaria, the fearless voice of the people, will be leaving office shortly. The thought of Jess leaving office caused me much despair. Like him or not, none can dispute the fact that Jess has been the most honest, dedicated, hardworking public servant that we have ever had, not only in the western communities, but in Palm Beach County in general. He gives so much of himself and exemplifies the true meaning of a “public servant.”

Thank you for all you have done, Jess. You will surely be missed.

My despair quickly turned to delight when I learned that his daughter, Michelle Santamaria, was running for her dad’s seat.

Luckily for us all, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Michelle Santamaria is the ideal replacement for Jess. She is honest, well-educated and dedicated, and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the county commission. She definitely is a cut above the other candidates. At the ALA’s Oct. 6 candidates forum, Melissa’s attack on Michelle Santamaria was shocking and unjustified. It is not a crime to have a successful, generous father!

We can all vote for Michelle knowing that we can trust her and that her efforts will be about the greater good of the western communities. Like her father, she has no self interest and will make a tremendous impact/effect on the Board of County Commissioners. While other candidates have style, Michelle Santamaria has got substance and integrity.

So on Nov. 4, I urge residents of the western communities to turn up at the polls in record numbers and vote for Michelle Santamaria.

A vote for Michelle will be a vote for honest government, and heaven knows we need honest government now more than ever. So let there be no voter apathy.

We in the western communities enjoy a unique lifestyle. Our quality of life is second to none, and it’s no wonder we are the envy of other municipalities. We are passionate about our politics and want District 6 to be represented well, so on Nov. 4 please vote for Michelle.

Alma Sato, Wellington


  1. Perhaps now that Commissioner Santamaria’s final term in winding down he will now turn back to the Village that he helped to create and consider running for Mayor. The Village of Royal Palm Beach will be looking for a new leader soon and who could be better than Alma’s Choice, Jess Santamaria.

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