Council Seat 3

John McGovern

  • Incumbent seeking re-election
  • Age: 43
  • City: Wellington
  • Family: Married, two children
  • Education: Doctorate degree
  • Law degree, Levin College of Law, University of Florida (1999)
  • Bachelor's in political science (1996)
    • Recent job: Managing trial attorney, McGovern Gerardi Law P.A. (2015-present)
  • Managing trial attorney, McGovern Gerardi Law P.A. (2015-present)
  • Trial attorney, Custer ~ McGovern (2009-2015)
  • Trial attorney, Robert M. Montgomery Jr. & Associates f/k/a Montgomery & Larson f/k/a Montgomery & Larmoyeux (2000-2009)
  • Previous races


    Appointed to council, Wellington (2015-2016)

    Council member, Wellington (2016-present)

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Chairman, Western Communities Council
  • Vice chairman, ACME Improvement District Board of Supervisors
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    Priorities: Keep property tax millage rates low; make public safety and its funding a centerpiece; put an emphasis on strategic planning to position Wellington for success in Palm Beach County's changing western communities; continued support of our partnership with our public schools to ensure they are top rated; encourage investment/re-investment in our neighborhoods and parks/sports fields.
    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.
    Wellington has planned for passage of a homestead exemption increase. If passed, Wellington revenue will decrease by approx. $750,000. Since joining the Village Council, I have voted repeatedly to lower the Wellington property tax millage rate, making it the lowest since 2009. Through strategic budgetary planning, increased efficiency through technology use and deleting and/or not filling vacant positions that are duplicative/no longer necessary, tax increases should not be required.
    Do you support growth in your community?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on growth.
    As Wellington is essentially at build-out, supporting growth is not really an option. I do advocate for and support reinvestment in our oldest single and multi-family neighborhoods, as well as smart growth of the business enterprises in Wellington's commercial zones.
    Is your community doing enough to maintain services such as police and roads?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on maintaining services.
    Wellington has a long-established plan for regularly repaving the roads throughout the Village, which I have supported and will continue to support. In my time on Council, we have added new PBSO deputies and a dedicated K-9 unit; keeping Wellington one of the safest communities of its size in Palm Beach County and Florida will always be my first priority. Updating and modernizing our utility and Village-wide water/sewer system is something we have saved money for and are about to commence.
    Should commercial and/or aviation development be allowed in the Equestrian Preserve?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position about commercial and/or aviation development in the Equestrian Preserve.
    I voted to put Charter Questions 1 & 3 on the 2016 election ballot. Those amendments passed overwhelmingly. Every decision I make regarding the Preserve will be guided by the results of this vote and the conditions/parameters placed into the Charter as a result.
    Do you support light rail or other mass transit along Southern Boulevard?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position about light rail or mass transit along Southern Boulevard.
    I attended the FDOT presentation on the State Road 80 Corridor Action Plan. While I understand that there are cost, ridership and regional density challenges, I believe it is important that all options for decreasing traffic and effective transit on this important roadway be considered. Similarly, I believe that as significant residential communities to the north and west of Wellington come online it is important that there be planning for and investment in public transit projects.

    Competitors for this race

    Bart Novack

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