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The Economic Forum of Palm Beach County held a candidate forum luncheon on Wednesday June 25, 2014 for the participants in the Palm Beach County, District 6 County Commission Race. The participants were Andrew Schaller, Kathy Foster, Melissa McKinlay and Michelle Santamaria.

Schaller, the lone Republican candidate, is qualified for the general election held on November 4 because he does not have a primary opponent. Santamaria also qualified for the November 4 ballot as the No Party Affiliation candidate and therefore bypassing an August primary. Foster and McKinlay, Democrats, will face each other on August 26 to determine who will face Schaller and Santamaria on November 4 to earn the position of District 6 County Commissioner.

From the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County’s website:

The Economic Forum offers a salon of intellectual thought on business and commerce.

Since 1991, the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County, has grown from a small band of economic researchers and interested business leaders to over 200 members drawn from both the business and political arena.

The Economic Forum meets monthly at the Kravis Center in Downtown West Palm Beach to hear national and state business speakers address the economic issues affecting Palm Beach County.

Led by President, Rebel Cook since 1997, the meetings are both lively and informative. Cook lends a sense of irreverence and insight into the goings on of the business world. As President of Rebel Cook real estate, her experience as a commercial real estate broker in South Florida since the early ’80s provides her with first hand knowledge as to the dynamics of economic growth and change.

For more information on the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County, please contact our President, Rebel Cook.

Rebel Cook President, Economic Forum of Palm Beach County (561)622-9920
Announced candidates Kathy Foster, Melissa McKinlay and Andrew Schaller have accepted our invitation to appear at a Candidates Forum – filing deadline is June 20th so there may be more candidates in attendance. This race focuses on the explosive growth area of western Palm Beach County for this most important political race.

Economic Forum Members Ken Spillias (former Palm Beach County Commissioner) and Sharon Merchant (former State of Florida Representative) will act as moderators.

For more information call our  Administrator, Jon Kline @ (561)622-9920 / Mobile 561-373-5488
Location:  The Kravis Center,  Cohen Pavilion,  701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach,  FREE Garage Parking

( RELATED: The Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Association ( held a County Commission, District 6, Candidate Luncheon on May 7, 2014 at the PGA National Resort. Video of that event can be viewed here: Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Association)

This is the video of Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Economic Forum event.