BOCA RATON — John Costello, the candidate who lost in the nonpartisan primary for the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District election, has endorsed his formal rival and incumbant Earl Starkoff in the upcoming general election, according to Starkoff’s campaign.
Starkoff and Erin Wright, the third applicant for the vacant seat on the five-member board, were neck-and-neck in the Aug. 30 primary. Because neither candidate secured a majority of the votes, Starkoff and Wright, a local business owner, will move on to runoffs Nov. 8.
Wright led Starkoff in the primaries by just 98 votes, based on official elections results. Costello, an accountant, secured about 25 percent of the votes, and is encouraging his supporters to cast their votes for Starkoff.
“Thanks to everyone that voted for me on Aug. 30. On Nov. 8, I’m voting to reelect Earl as our Beach & Park Commissioner,” Costello said in a statement released by the Starkoff campaign. “I’ll be actively supporting Earl in his campaign, and I’m encouraging my supporters to join us.”
The beach and parks district collects taxes and is responsible for public parks and beaches in Boca Raton and areas west of Boca.
“I truly appreciate John’s support as my campaign moves forward to the final election in November,” Starkoff said. “We’ve found ourselves as kindred spirits in our passion for our beaches and parks, and John’s confidence that I am best-suited to serve all of our residents is an invaluable boost to my re-election efforts.”
Following the primary, Wright said her lead over Starkoff was an indication that residents wanted change in district leadership.
“The feedback we’ve gotten is that people are tired of those in place in the district already, mainly Earl,” Wright said. “The status quo just won’t cut it anymore.”