How to Become a Council Member

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.  Due to COVID-19, candidate packet reviews may be done via Zoom.

Qualifying Period

The next annual qualifying period will begin at noon on December 1st through December 15th at noon. The next municipal election is March 9, 2021. Due to the Election Code, these dates and times are strictly enforced and are not flexible. The Candidate Election Handbook will be available for review beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2020.  All candidates will need to set aside approximately one hour to review the handbook with the Clerk. 

The following seats are scheduled for the March 2021 election:

Seat 2 – Abby Brennan (incumbent)

Seat 4 -  Kyle Stone (incumbent)

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
  • 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.
  • Council does not give direction to staff

Meetings

The Village Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. 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

As of August 2020, Council’s annual salary is $7,793 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, the 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.

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