City Commissioner, District 1
The race for City Commissioner District 1 is a revival of the 2009 election in which veteran politician Jimmy Weekley won 68 percent of the vote to defeat Tom Milone.
This commissioner term is for three years instead of the standard four. Key West is adjusting its elections to fall in sync with statewide contests for governor and other top spots.
Commissioners earn a $15,000 annual salary.
Weekley, a Key West native whose family owns Fausto's Food Palace, has served 24 years on the commission's dais at Old City Hall, including six years as the city's mayor.
"It gives us an opportunity to discuss issues," Weekley said of the competition from Milone.
Key West limits commissioners to a total of 12 years in office but Weekley already had put in 20 when the law was passed, and it wasn't retroactive.
Weekley, a Conch, represents one of the highest-profile spots on the island, where parking is a huge hot topic. Weekley has changed his views from promoting public transportation and bike-riding rather than trying to restrict downtown parking for Old Town residents.
His district includes the land the Navy deeded to the city for the long-awaited Truman Waterfront park and Key West Bight.
"It was under my leadership we were able to purchase Key West Bight and keep it out of the hands of developers who wanted to put condos there," Weekley said. "Citizens benefit from that today."
Key West will break ground in 2014 on the Truman Waterfront park project, begun in 2002 when the Navy handed over the 28 acres of prime real estate, Weekley said recently.
"Next spring we will have a ground breaking and be in the process of doing the infrastructure that needs to be done, as well as some landscaping," said Weekley.
Milone, a retired New York court clerk who serves on the city's Citizen Review Board, filed paperwork is making a second run to oust incumbent Jimmy Weekley from the City Commissioner District 1 office.
Milone, 67, in 2009 took 32 percent of the vote as Weekley won re-election.
"I am the underdog," Milone said. "I'm running to push certain issues to the forefront, number one being public safety. I'd like to win, I'd like to serve, but frankly I'm hoping to get enough votes so that the ideas I present to the voters will gain traction."
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Milone has a bachelor's degree in political science and started out working as a social welfare examiner for Buffalo, a city where he lived for 30 years before moving to Key West in 2001.
Milone retired after working as a clerk at the New York State Supreme Court from 1989 to 2000.
Milone, who in 2009 was severely beaten by four young men, wants the city to add street lighting, security cameras through private partnerships and create online "crime mapping," where people may learn what crimes are reported and where on the island.
He served on the Key West Civil Service Board from 2004-2010, and has been on the Community Housing Committee, the Port Advisory Board and the City Charter and District Boundary Review Committee.