Additional Indian candidates hold August primaries for three seats
Three candidates will be vying for each of the three seats open this year on the Indian Trails Improvement District Board of Supervisors. When the Friday June 17 filing deadline passed, the races were set, creating the Tuesday August 23 primaries for seats 1, 3 and 5.
Running in Seat 1 are Elizabeth Accomando, who lives on Carol Street in Santa Rosa Groves; Orange Blvd. resident Benjamin Beerman; and Jerrad Jablonski from 61st North. Supervisor Jennifer Hager, who has held the seat since 2010, is not seeking reelection.
Candidates for Seat 3 are Patricia Farrell, who resides on the North 87th Lane; incumbent supervisor Joni Martin, a Hall Blvd. resident; and Grisel Ramos, who lives in 37th Place North.
Candidates for Seat 5 are incumbent Supervisor Michael Johnson of 64th North; Tangerine Blvd. resident John Rivera; and Todd Wax of 61st Lane North.
Candidates for seat 1
Accomando moved to Florida in 1991 and to the district in 2013. Trained as an adjuster and business owner, she was a key supporter of the push to activate her rural Santa Rosa Groves neighborhood. . She is the founder and secretary/treasurer of Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.
Beerman has a background in property management for public and private properties of all sizes, according to a statement he included in his election supervisor file.
Jablonski is the owner of Jabrewski’s Pizza Company, founded in 2015, in the Acreage Mall on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, according to his filing.
Candidates for seat 3
Farrell is co-owner of KP Farrell Inc., an athletic training center. She also manages a condominium building in Palm Beach, according to her filing with the Supervisor of Elections.
Martin is a single mother who has lived in Florida for 20 years, in Western communities for 12 years, and in the Indian Trail area for six years. A makeup artist with a background in retail who studied radio and TV production in college, Martin is seeking her second term on the board.
Ramos, who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami and California, returned to South Florida where she held administrative positions with a major credit card company. She and her husband moved to the ITID area in 2006. Ramos said she was ready to get more involved in the community.
Candidates for seat 5
Johnson, who is currently chairman of the ITID board, is a director at TKM Bengard Farms. Located in Belle Glade, Bengard Farms bills itself as the largest lettuce producer east of the Mississippi River.
Rivera, a locksmith by trade, is president and owner of Sunshine Safe & Lock. A local equestrian activist, he has lived in the area since 1999 and previously raced for seat 5 in 2018.
Wax, an electrician, is the owner of Wax Electric LCC, a family-owned electrical business. In 2019, the Village of Royal Palm Beach honored Wax with a 20-year service award. He began his career there as an electrician in the public works department and an analyst in the revision of plans during the awards ceremony.