Filing For Council Elections Opens Jan. 27 In RPB, Loxahatchee Groves

The formal filing period gets underway next week for the March 10 municipal elections in Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee Groves.

In Royal Palm Beach, filing opens at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27 and closes at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Two Royal Palm Beach Village Council seats are up for election, and incumbents David Swift and Richard Valuntas have both indicated they plan to run for re-election. While candidates still have two weeks to file, no challengers had announced plans to run as of Wednesday.

The filing period is shorter in Loxahatchee Groves. Like Royal Palm Beach, filing in Loxahatchee Groves opens at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27, but closes just a week later, at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Two seats are up for election in Loxahatchee Groves, and incumbents Ron Jarriel and Ryan Liang have both said that they plan to run for re-election.

Keith Harris, chairman of the town’s Roadway, Equestrian Trails and Greenway Advisory Committee (RETGAC), has announced plans to challenge Liang.

Harris, an outspoken critic of the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District, was originally appointed to RETGAC by Liang, but Liang tried to have him removed from the committee late last year. Harris was later reinstated when it was determined that the removal process was flawed.

The election is set for Tuesday, March 10 in both local municipalities.