Published On: Mon, Jan 30th, 2012

Trinka quits Boca City Council race; Scott wins second term

BOCA RATON – The March 13 Boca Raton city election lost some of its steam this week when Bill Trinka, an announced candidate for Seat C on the City Council, withdrew.

That means incumbent Constance Scott wins automatically since Trinka was her only challenger.

“My father raised me on the principles of self reliance and generosity,” Trinka said. “While making calls to request support for my campaign, I found that while an offer to help easily flows from my lips, to ask for help continually caught in my throat.”

“Because of my personal discomfort with a request for support and the amount of times I would need to do so to be successful in this endeavor, I have withdrawn from the Boca Raton City Council race. My heartfelt thanks to those of you that have made your own offers of help and support, but this is not the path for me. I will remain a voice for the community and continue to give my time, ideas and insight on the issues that are important to me.”

In response, Scott said, “I am excited and look forward to serving my second term on the Boca Raton City Council, and I will continue to be a strong voice for job creation, balanced budgets, neighborhood concerns and public safety.”

“As chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) working together with the city and businesses, we have created over 3,000 jobs. Like everywhere else, Boca Raton faces economic challenges, but I am proud that our city is fiscally sound and residents receive excellent services

City Clerk Susan Saxton said Trinka came to her office and said he was going to withdraw from the race. She said he took an oath to withdraw from the race.

Trinka’s withdrawal leaves just a single race on the March 13 election ballot. Anthony Majhess, who holds Seat D on the council, is being challenged by political newcomer Frank Chapman

Majhess first won elective office in 2009 when he defeated former Councilman M.J. “Mike” in what was considered an upset.

Chapman, 44, said he is a 1986 graduate of Boca Raton High School and served as an attorney until age 40 when he retired.