Because Joan Lindsay, the incumbent Palmetto Bay Council member for Seat 3 in is not running for reelection in November three newcomers to village politics are seeking that job.
In a statement sent to her supporters, Lindsay said, “I would like to sincerely express my gratitude to all of the residents of Palmetto Bay for giving me the opportunity to serve as your District 3 village council member during the past four years. It has been a wonderful experience and provided me with opportunities to share our great village with others.
“Palmetto Bay is a village we can all be proud of, and I have no doubt that our parks, schools, religious institutions, beautiful neighborhoods, residents, and staff will continue to set us apart from other cities,” she “It is with mixed emotions that I have decided not to run in the upcoming November election.” Lindsay could not be reached for further comment.
The candidates who have registered and completed qualifying for the Seat 3 race are (in alphabetical order) Henry T. Clifford, Larissa Siegel Lara and James Archie Shedd.
James Archie Shedd has been a village resident since 2001, is married, a Vietnam veteran and is retired from 30 years in law enforcement. He now works as an investigations and security consultant.
Larissa Siegel Lara has lived in Palmetto Bay for 16 years, is married with four children, and worked for 17 years at Burger King Corporation, including as vice president for Management and Training. She also held various engineering roles at IBM and Motorola.
Henry T. Clifford has been a resident of the area for 35 years, even before the village was incorporated, and has been an activist on many community issues since the beginning of Palmetto Bay’s municipal government. He is retired from the Hialeah Fire Department and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Nov. 4 is the general election date when all village council positions will be on the ballot.