How to Become a Council Member

The Village Council has changed its annual election-qualifying period to ensure our overseas uniformed service voters, who have requested a vote-by-mail ballot, have sufficient time to complete and return their ballots. The new annual qualifying period will begin at Noon on the first Tuesday in December and end at Noon on the third Tuesday in December in the year immediately preceding the election.

The next municipal election is March 13, 2018 and the qualifying period begins at Noon on December 5, 2017 and ends at Noon on December 19, 2017. Due to the Election Code, these dates and times are strictly enforced and are not flexible.

The following seats are scheduled for the March 2018 election:
Seat 1 - current incumbent – Vince Arena
Seat 3 - current incumbent – Steve Okun
Seat 5 – current incumbent - Frank D’Ambra

Form of Government


The Village of Tequesta utilizes the Council/Manager form of government and is subject only to the limitations imposed by the constitution and laws of the State of Florida and by the Village Charter. The job of the elective Council is to:

  • Enact local legislation through ordinance
  • Establish policy through resolution
  • Adopt the village budget, and
  • Appoint the village manager and attorney

The village manager in turn executes the policies and laws set forth by Council and administers the day-to-day operations.

Meetings


The Village Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month to conduct its regular business, and holds special meetings and workshops, as needed, to address specific issues relating to Village matters. These meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.

Salary


Council’s annual salary is $600.00 per month with an annual 2% increase.

Election


The Council consists of five (5) members who are elected at large to five Seats. Seats 1, 3 and 5 are elected in the even years with Seats 2 and 4 elected in the odd years. Council Members serve the residents of the Village for two-year terms and there are no term limits. Council Members must be registered voters and residents of the incorporated Village; and upon being elected to office must take and subscribe to the Oath of Office as outlined in the Village Charter and in State Statute.

Mayor and Vice-Mayor

Each year during the Reorganization Meeting following the annual election, council appoints one of its members to serve as Mayor and another member to serve as Vice-Mayor. The Mayor and Vice-Mayor serve at the pleasure of the Council for one (1) year and/or until a successor shall be appointed and qualified. The Mayor presides at all meetings and executes all instruments to which the Village is a party, as approved by vote of the Village Council, unless otherwise provided hereby or by ordinance. Per the Charter, the Mayor has no administrative duties.

How to Run for Office

To be eligible to run for office, you must be a resident of the incorporated Village of Tequesta and a registered voter of Palm Beach County.  When a resident decides to seek office, they should schedule an appointment with the Village Clerk to review the “Candidate Election Handbook.” During this meeting, a comprehensive explanation of the process is provided, required forms and election laws reviewed, and important dates and deadlines are discussed.

For additional election information, contact Lori McWilliams, MMC, the Village Clerk at 561-768-0443 or via email.

Lori McWilliams, MMC
Village Clerk