Six file for March 14 town council election in Jupiter

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Growth and development are expected to be top issues in Jupiter election (File photo)

Six candidates, including four challengers and two incumbents, have filed to run for the Jupiter town council election scheduled for March 14.

If a runoff election is required — as happened in the last election — it will be on March 28.

Candidates must live in the district where they are running, be registered to vote and have lived in the town at least six months before the election, according to town regulations.

The First District and Second District seats are open. Terms are three years. Pay for council seats is $18,600 annually. The six who met Tuesday’s noon filing deadline paid a filing fee of $221.

First District:

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Teri Grooms

Teri Grooms, 54, is a resident of the Pine Gardens North neighborhood. The Jupiter native is making her first run at elected office. Grooms, a chef, started the online petition to stop the Love Street project. Her other priorities are affordable housing, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable energy, promoting small business ownership and individual entrepreneurship.

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Wayne Posner

Wayne Posner, 66, is a retired commercial general contractor. The resident of Jupiter Country Club was elected to the town council last year. He defeated former Mayor Karen Golonka and Carol Watson. Prior toBefore serving on the town council, Posner served three years on the town’s planning and zoning commission. Posner wants to promote “quality development” in Jupiter.

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Carol Watson

Carol Watson, 62, is a massage therapist and a member of the town’s Beach Committee. She is active with Friends of Jupiter Beach. The Chasewood North resident plans to concentrate on “responsible progress and quality of life issues” in her campaign. Watson wants “gender balance,” noting that the five-member Jupiter council is all males. Watson ran and lost against Wayne Posner and Karen Golonka for a council seat in the March 2016 election

Second District:

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Ron Delaney

Ron Delaney, 52, has been owner/operator for the past 12 years of East Coast Foods, a home delivery food service. The resident of Egret Cove was elected to the town council last year. His goals are to prevent commercial over-development of Jupiter’s waterfront, preserve the Loxahatchee River and natural resources.

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Heidi Epstein

Heidi Epstein, 53, a caretaker, lives in the Indian Creek neighborhood. This is the first time she has run for political office. Her goals are slowing down growth in Jupiter, especially along Indiantown Road and the Inlet Village, the stretch of A1A from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1. She favors a moratorium to new construction in the Inlet Village.

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Ben Klug

Ben Klug, 37, has been a custom metal fabricator for 19 years for General Sheet Metal Works. A resident of the Indian Creek development, Klug served on Jupiter’s town council for seven months in 2015. He ran for the District 2 one-year term seat in 2016 and lost to Delaney. Klug also served on the town’s planning and zoning commission.