County Commission District 5

Mary Lou Berger

  • Incumbent seeking re-election
  • Party nominating: Democratic
  • City: Delray Beach
  • Family: Single
  • Education: Some college
  • Recent Job: County Commissioner (2012-2016)
  • County Commissioner (2012-2016)
  • Senior Administrative Assistant to Commissioner Burt Aaronson (1994-2012)
  • Contributions reported

    Last updated: Oct. 31, 2016. Details.

    Previous races

    Won
    Lost

    County Commissioner (2012)

    Other Political Experience

  • Mayor, Palm Beach County Commission
  • Board Member, Business Development Board Executive Committee
  • Board Member (Alternate), Bio Science Land Protection Advisory Board
  • Board Member (Alternate), Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Board Member, Palm Beach County Cultural Council
  • Board Member, Regional C-51 Governance & Finance Work Group
  • Board Member/Chair Pro Tem, Water Resources Task Force
  • Chair, Tourist Development Council
  • Board Member/District 34 Representative, Florida Association of Counties Board of Directors (FAC)
  • Co-Chair, FAC Urban Caucus
  • Committee Member, FAC Enterprise Committee
  • Member, National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • Member, NACo Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee
  • Member, NACo International Economic Development Task Force
  • Member, NACo Large Urban County Caucus Steering Committee
  • Do you think Palm Beach County voters should approve the penny-per-dollar sales tax increase?
    Yes. The County has many infrastructure needs that need to be fixed. A detailed list is available on our website.
    Are there government records or meetings subject to public disclosure that should be exempt from Florida’s government-in-the-sunshine laws?
    No. Everything we do should be in the Sunshine.
    If the sales tax referendum fails, would you support an increase in property taxes to pay for a backlog of county infrastructure projects?
    No. I would turn to issuing bonds.
    Should there be a moratorium on commercial and/or residential development in the county’s Agricultural Reserve?
    The build-out of the Ag Reserve is nearly complete. I want to ensure that the remaining development of the Ag Reserve is carefully planned so that the farmers, nursery owners and residents can live in harmony.
    Do you favor a proposed tax swap whereby Fire-Rescue's property tax rate would be cut and partially replaced by a county sales tax increase?
    I have heard of the proposal but have not formed an opinion. I would want to study the proposal in detail and get input from County staff.

    Competitors for this race

    Taniel Shant

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