County Commission
District 2 Democratic

Gregg Weiss

  • Age: 61
  • City: West Palm Beach
  • Family: Married, no children
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Bachelor of arts in economics, University of California-Irvine (1979)
  • Bachelor of arts in social ecology, University of California-Irvine (1979)
    • Recent job: Community volunteer and retiree (2004-present)
  • Community volunteer and retiree (2004-present)
  • Workforce case manager in eight-month grant-funded position, Arc of Palm Beach County (2012)
  • Community volunteer and sabbatical sailing the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and Caribbean seas (2001-2004)
  • Sales and product director in Australian product division, Ingram Micro Inc. (1999-2000)
  • Sales director in United States, Ingram Micro Inc. (1994-1999)
  • Sales manager, Source Electronics International Inc. (1993-1994)
  • Regional manager, Objective Software Inc. (1992-1993)
  • Regional sales manager of Apple products, JWP Inc. (1989-1992)
  • Sales and marketing manager, computer sales program, University of Michigan (1986-1989)
  • Regional dealer, sales manager and other positions, Victor Technologies Inc. (1980-1986)
  • Previous races


    West Palm Beach City Commission (2008)

    West Palm Beach City Commission (2013)

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Member, West Palm Beach Planning Board
  • Member, Palm Beach County Citizens Committee on Airport Noise (CCAN)
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    1. WORKFORCE HOUSING – Revise codes to accommodate more mixed-use developments. Improve the Workforce Housing ordinance. Revitalize current neighborhoods.
    2. WATER – Plan to address sea-level rise, water quality & quantity, and storm water.
    3. TRANSIT – Develop a transportation plan that allows people to move quickly and safely throughout our county.
    4. PUBLIC SAFETY – Sufficient resources to keep our people safe and be able to respond to emergencies and disasters.
    5. JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – Invest and partner with community partners to ensure we have accessible and affordable job training.
    6. AG RESERVE – Continue the current policy of limiting growth.
    Do you support growth in your community?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on growth.
    I am the only candidate with Planning & Zoning experience and have supported policies that create jobs, provide good housing options and increase property values. I have opposed proposals that were too dense, tall or big. I support smart growth that promotes mixed use redevelopment near our urban centers & transportation corridors. We need to provide the housing, commercial spaces and services to accommodate the new residents and businesses moving to our area.
    Should Palm Beach County and the Solid Waste authority keep race-conscious programs that help women and minority-owned firms get government business?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on race-conscious programs.
    I support awarding contracts based on merit. However, if legally sufficient data and analysis demonstrated the need to correct systemic bias I would support such a policy. The policies must comply with the standards and protocols that have been defined by our courts as needed to remedy the identified discrimination.
    Should Palm Beach County raise its fee on developers to build affordable housing?
    How competitors responded:
    Please explain your position on Palm Beach County's affordable housing fee.
    The current buy-out and buy-back fees are too low. The current fee structure has been in place since 2002 and needs to be made flexible to increase or decrease as inflation and market forces change to avoid funding gaps or lags and should be revised accordingly. I will support a fee to build the number of units called out in the ordinance. We need a comprehensive housing plan with all stakeholders and all options on the table if we are going to make serious inroads in solving this problem.
    If the homestead exemption is increased in November, should your community compensate by raising the property tax rate?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on the tax rate change.
    The rates should not be increased until a complete analysis is done. I support a budget review that looks at the impact of increased revenues due to changed property values, increased expense costs and reviewing the operating budget to eliminate any expenditures that can be cut without sacrificing services. Should the loss in revenue due to the homestead exemption adversely impact our ability to maintain our services then will we need to look at how we make up the difference.
    Do you believe sea-level rise is a threat to Palm Beach County?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on sea-level rise affecting the county.
    Sea-level rise is the most serious environmental and existential threat facing Palm Beach County. Data from the SERCP projects the sea in our area will rise 6 to 10 inches by 2030. This is a relatively short period of time for government to react to protect the public. Rising seas will impact our freshwater well fields due to saltwater intrusion and our stormwater systems will need to be updated to properly operate to prevent flooding. Our building codes need to be modified for sea level rise.

    Competitors for this race

    Emmanuel G. Morel

    Sylvia Sharps

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