West Palm Beach
Commission District 5

Christina D'Elosua Lambert

  • Age: 38
  • City: West Palm Beach
  • Family: Married, one child
  • Education: Master's degree
  • Master's in corporate communication and technology, Rollins College (2005)
  • Bachelor's in public relations and business, University of Florida (2001)
    • Recent job: Productivity strategist, Productive Power (2017-present)
  • Productivity strategist, Productive Power (2017-present)
  • President and CEO, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (2015-2017)
  • Executive director, Leadership Palm Beach County (2011-2015)
  • Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

    Committees appointed to and serving on

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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    My priorities include bringing a unique education background to support our schools, teachers and students to improve the quality of education in West Palm Beach, to focus on economic development and job creation and to ensure our neighborhoods get the support and funding needed to get things done sooner. I also am committed to serving my full term if elected and doing my job in a professional manner that serves ALL the residents.
    Considering the expected passage of a homestead exemption increase in November, should your community compensate by increasing the property tax rate?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on the homestead exemption increase and increasing property tax rate.
    Amend. 1 is most likely going to pass, reducing property tax revenues. I oppose increasing taxes. To make up shortfalls, I would be looking at how we can improve our overall economy by attracting businesses and ensuring job opportunities for our residents. We can do better at providing training, education and assistance residents need to compete in the 21st century. I also bring unique experience in public private partnership and with identifying grants to help fund community priorities.
    Do you support growth in your community?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on growth.
    I support opportunities that create jobs, attract businesses to West Palm Beach and benefit our city. Smart and managed growth will help this process. My philosophy on growth is to review: are we meeting a need; is the community involved in the decision making; what benefits is the project adding to the city; is the project contextually appropriate to its surroundings. I would want to make sure projects provide opportunities for local small, minority and women owned businesses.
    Is your community doing enough to maintain services such as police and roads?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on maintaining services.
    The city is doing well in maintaining services, but we can always do better. Our first responders are providing quality services. I want to make sure they have the resources to do more where people need them. The 1 penny sales tax and city bond programs will be funding over 157 projects. I want to ensure adequate oversight. On the Commission, my focus will be getting projects done on time and on budget. This will require collaboration and more community input, which are skill sets I excel at.
    Do you favor a quiet zone in West Palm Beach for Brightline?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on a quiet zone for Brightline in West Palm.
    The installation of quiet zones in West Palm Beach is a priority of mine. I live near the train tracks. It was a measure that was promised to residents that should be kept. It is important proper safety features are put in place with quiet zones to ensure safety of pedestrians and drivers.
    Would you reconsider the ban on tall buildings close to the waterfront?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on the ban on tall buildings close to the waterfront.
    Our West Palm Beach waterfront is one of our city’s most visible and attractive qualities. I do not support any plans that would wall off the waterfront with tall buildings.

    Competitors for this race

    Sharon "Shanon" Materio

    - incumbent -

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