Two candidates have qualified for each of the two open seats on the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors. Since only two candidates qualified for each seat, there will not be a primary election, and the races will be decided at the Nov. 3 general election.
Current ITID President Betty Argue is being challenged for Seat 4 by former Supervisor Carol Jacobs, while Keith Jordano and Richard Heinl are running for Seat 2 to replace Supervisor Tim Sayre, who chose not to seek a new term.
Argue was elected to the board in 2016 when she defeated longtime Supervisor Michelle Damone. She moved to The Acreage in 2011 with her husband and three children, seeking to live in a rural environment. She decided to run for the ITID board after realizing that the district faced challenges with the developments growing around it, and issues with roads, drainage and parks. She was a founding member of ALERTS (Acreage Loxahatchee Engaged Residents Taking a Stand), a group committed to protecting and preserving the Acreage lifestyle.
Jacobs served on the board from 2006 to 2018, when she chose not to seek re-election and was replaced by Supervisor Michael Johnson. As an incumbent, Jacobs narrowly defeated Argue in 2014.
Jacobs has campaigned on a platform of tighter fiscal controls, criticizing no-bid contracts that came before the board. She promised to make decisions by the board more visible to the public. She also organized neighborhood watch programs for better protection. She and her husband run a small construction company in The Acreage.
Jordano has run several times unsuccessfully for ITID supervisor, most recently against Supervisor Joni Martin in a close race in 2018. A 20-year resident, Jordano is a past president of the Acreage Landowners’ Association and the Royal Palm Beach Rotary, and has been involved with the Palm Coast Health Underwriters and the Palm Beach Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, among other positions.
Jordano’s experience includes work as a government consultant for the U.S Department of Energy and Department of Defense. He has been the president of the Jordano Insurance Group for 28 years. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 10 years and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University. He has been married 24 years and has three children.
Heinl, 59, has lived in The Acreage for nine years and is a Realtor with Keller Williams. “I previously lived in Wellington for 17 years,” he said. “I have been married for 35 years and have five grown sons, and they’re all doing well and successful.”
Heinl said he has attended various meetings in The Acreage but has not held office before.
“I like to be involved with things and involved in the community, helping people and helping the direction of the area,” he said. “I do believe in the rural lifestyle. That’s why I moved out here.”
As the former superintendent of a large estate in Wellington, Heinl said he still has a hand in the local horse world.