Boca Raton
Council Seat A

Tamara McKee

  • Age: 48
  • City: Boca Raton
  • Family: Divorced, four children
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Bachelor's degree in history, Florida International University (1994)
    • Recent job: Actor, Producer, Branding and Marketing Professional (1978-present)
  • Actor, Producer, Branding and Marketing Professional (1978-present)
  • Real estate sales associate, Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty (2016-2018)
  • Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    Boca Raton is a city with a world class brain and a small town heart. When I am a council member, I will work to protect our quality of life, improve transparency and trust in our city leadership, and make sure Boca is able to attract young professionals to invest as residents. In addition, I propose proactively addressing fiscal issues and sustainability challenges like sea level rise.

    I have been an active, independent voice for the residents of Boca Raton, since 1998. I have more experience as a tax-paying resident advocate, than all the other candidates combined.
    Should suspended Mayor Susan Haynie resign?
    Explain your position on Haynie's resignation.
    Given that the Governor has suspended Haynie, and her criminal trial date is unknown, it would make sense for her to step aside for the good of Boca Raton.
    Do you support rezoning of parts of central Boca Raton, the largely commercial area near Town Center Mall for example, to allow residential and commercial uses to be mixed?
    Explain your answer on rezoning.
    Any rezoning must be done in a reasonable, collaborative way that improves our community. It should be done as part of the current small area plan process, taking into account property owner and resident input that is already part of the record. I believe developers must absorb infrastructure costs within their projects, be part of managing the ongoing impacts and include , real resident input in their planning process.
    Considering the expected passage of a homestead exemption increase in November, should your community compensate by increasing the property tax rate?
    Please explain your position on the homestead exemption increase and increasing property tax rate.
    I do not support raising taxes as a first response to a fiscal challenge. Instead, I support continual review of expenses and processes to find savings, and aggressively implementing technology improvements that can transform Boca's efficiency. Specifically, I believe it is time for a private/public sector review of our city’s operations and fiscal approach that would tap into the incredible talent of our residents and local businesses to make our city more efficient and fiscally innovative.
    Is your community doing enough to maintain services such as police and roads?
    Please explain your position on maintaining services.
    Boca Raton is doing a lot of things well. But our roads, traffic management technology (county managed, yes, but we can do a lot more to partner with them with technology and planning) and storm drainage need improvements. Our police department has done an excellent job supporting our public schools with school safety, in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas event. I would like to see a long-term plan to address student and resident safety with a big picture view.
    Do you support growth in your community?
    Please explain your position on growth.
    Boca Raton is the jewel of South Florida. Given that, I support responsible, smart growth guided by a transparent process. The process must include actively addressing traffic & mobility issues, infrastructure needs, schools, & long term economic impacts. Stakeholders must have a seat at the table and be honest brokers with their input. We have a unique opportunity in Boca Raton to learn from past planning mistakes of others & manage redevelopment with innovation.
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