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Shannon Martin elected as PSL mayor

Shannon Martin elected as PSL mayor
Shannon Martin elected as PSL mayor

PORT ST. LUCIE — Veteran City Council member Shannon Martin’s 10 years-plus of working experience in local governing administration helped her coastline to victory Tuesday, profitable the 4-way mayoral race with 63% of vote.

This will be Martin’s initially entire time period as mayor, an place of work which pays $86,517 every year. She was elected the city’s best official in a specific election in September soon after former Mayor Greg Oravec stepped down.

On Tuesday Martin, the former vice mayor, beat three challengers, according to ultimate, unofficial benefits from the Supervisor of Elections Business office. Their final results: 

  • Chauncy Howell:  12% 
  • Robert Johnson: 12% 
  • Michael Moses: 13% 

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Martin could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening. 

The previous paralegal will serve the city’s 217,000 inhabitants and oversee its $731 million spending budget.

She serves on the St. Lucie Transportation Organization, the St. Lucie County Fire District Board, the Florida League of Mayors board and is vice chair of the Humane Modern society of St. Lucie County. 

She explained her top rated priorities are lowering the city’s financial debt and property-tax rate completing street improvements prioritized from the county half-per cent revenue tax and encouraging dependable enhancement in Southern Grove.

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Port St. Lucie lately accepted a temporary tax split to FedEx for its $44 million, 245,000-sqaure-foot sorting center at Legacy Park in Custom. An additional improvement project she supports is an journey park with BMX tracks.

She claimed she appears to be like ahead to establishing Metropolis Middle — a 21-acre area near U.S. 1 and Walton Road — by utilizing a master program that is vetted by the community and economists to determine what sorts of development should go there.

Martin been given more than $91,000 in campaign contributions, at the very least 11 times much more than Howell ($7,065), Johnson ($1,405) and Moses ($7,830), documents display.

Martin’s donors incorporated Vice Mayor Jolien Caraballo state Sen. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart state Rep. Toby Overdorf, R-Palm City and the Port St. Lucie Police Officers Association. 

Olivia McKelvey is TCPalm’s watchdog reporter for St. Lucie County. You can get to her at [email protected], 772-521-4380 and on Twitter @olivia_mckelvey.