West Palm Beach
Commission District 1

Kelly Shoaf

  • Age: 34
  • City: West Palm Beach
  • Family: Unmarried, no children
  • Education: Master's degree
  • Master's in business administration, University of Florida (2013)
  • Bachelor's in communications, University of Pittsburgh (2005)
  • Bachelor's in business, University of Pittsburgh (2005)
    • Recent job: Vice president of a hotel real estate investment trust (2013-present)
  • Vice president of a hotel real estate investment trust (2013-present)
  • Director of market development for a group procurement company (2013-2013)
  • Director of business services of a food distribution company (2009-2013)
  • Assistant to the CEO of a food distribution company (2006-2009)
  • 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.
    I want to focus on issues of public safety including crime and homelessness as well as jobs and economic development. I want to identify areas of opportunity to bring more businesses to West Palm Beach, to help our city grow while continuing to manage our budget effectively by prioritizing and creating efficiencies.
    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.
    Part of managing any budget is adjusting to changes as they occur. The city should not raise taxes but should find areas in the current budget to create efficiencies and effectively manage priorities. If approved, the amendment will not go into effect unit 2019 so our city should begin to make fiscal adjustments in the 2018 budgeting session.
    Do you support growth in your community?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on growth.
    I support smart growth. We should be conscious of residential growth that fits with the context of our neighborhoods and centers around safety and preservation of the community character. Commercial growth should provide resources to address public issues like safety, traffic, city priorities and community benefits.
    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 of West Palm Beach has a high quality of city services and we do a great job of maintaining our roads, water and public safety services. One of the reasons I chose to run is because while we have great police and fire service, I would like to see more in in the North end.
    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.
    I live close enough to the train to know the effect of a train horn waking a 5-year-old at 2:00AM. I support the implementation of the promised quiet zones and most importantly the installation of safety measures to protect our citizens.
    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.
    I support the ban to maintain height restrictions along the waterfront. I want to protect our open space and provide public areas for our residents.

    Competitors for this race

    Martina Tate Walker

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