PALM BAY — Meet the candidates running for the seat of Palm Bay Mayor and City Council, Seat 2.
Only two from each race will move forward for the upcoming General Election on Nov. 3.
Profiles highlighting the remaining candidates in the Aug. 18 Primary Election will follow in the coming weeks.
Palm Bay Mayor
Alfred Ramsey Agarie, 59
Number of years as resident: 35 years
Occupation and company you work for: Self-employed businessman
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Operations from College of Art, Science and Technology in Kingston, Jamaica.
Marital status: Married to Murine Agarie
Number of children: Four children, 13 grandchildren
What makes you he best candidate for this seat?: “I am Alfred Ramsey Agarie, a long-time resident of Palm Bay and a successful businessman for the past 25 years.
“For the past 10 years I donated fill dirt to the U.S. Veterans Homeless project and white sand to the Hurricane Sandbag Project. I contribute to the Youth Hunger Program. I volunteer on the Park and Recreational Advisory Board, Community Development Advisory Board, and currently on the Code Enforcement Board.
“If elected, I will donate my salary to the city budget for worthy causes. Running for Mayor of the city of Palm Bay, an honest voice for the people to trust.”
Alan Randolph Borkowski, 41
Number of years as resident: Six years
Occupation and company you work for: N/A
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration from Strayer University.
Marital status: Married to Ashley Borkowski
Number of children: None
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “Transparency within our government is essential and I will strive to make sure the public is involved in every decision that's made.
“Infrastructure must be improved and maintained to provide smooth travel for our citizens, continued installation of culver systems and continued growth with all new developments.
“Safety of our citizens and communities will be a priority. Police will be funded to ensure continued success in the reduction of crime. Fire will be funded so all equipment will be maintained and replaced when needed. Affordable housing and also increased housing assistance by the uses of the Ship and Home programs.”
Kay Maragh, 43
Number of years as resident: Nine years
Occupation and company you work for: Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and Co-Owner of Art Tees Rock LLC
Education: Associates in Business Administration
Marital status: Married to Linval Maragh
Number of children: One son
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “I am running to be your mayor of Palm Bay. I believe that my experience makes me very suitable. I am a creative thinker, wife, mother, and businesswoman who gets things done. I work well with people and I will organize and motivate each individual to perform at their best.
“It is vital that all the council members, city manager, police, fire, EMT and the general staff buys into the vison of Palm Bay development and we all work together and build this beautiful city for the benefit of all its residents. I will get this done.”
Rob Medina, 58
Number of years as resident: 32 years
Occupation and company you work for: Director of Community & Military Relations, U.S. House of Representatives
Education: Master of Theology from Life Christian University
Marital status: Married to Lissette Medina
Number of children: Six children, 10 grandchildren
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “Since moving to Palm Bay over 30 years ago, my family and I have rooted ourselves in our city. I love our city and believe together we can take Palm Bay to greater heights in public safety, infrastructure, and prosperity.
“I have served as a Veteran’s advocate and as a coach on our baseball and football fields. My unique experience with federal, state and county government will serve our city well. I raised my right hand as a U.S. Marine, I have kept my oath, I will keep my oath to serve the citizens of Palm Bay with God, Honor and Integrity.”
Palm Bay City Council, Seat 2
Janice Elaine Crisp, 45
Number of years as resident: 10 years in Palm Bay, 20 years as a Brevard resident
Occupation and company you work for: Disabled and retired from Mental Health field due to a car accident but I have my own business.
Education: East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Georgia Medical Institute in Marietta, Ga., Patient Care Technician and a degree in Theology from Life Christian University from Merritt Island.
Marital status: N/A
Number of children: One daughter
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “I have experience in a wide range of fields. I understand business as well people and their needs. Palm Bay needs to be heard and have their voices listened to and acted on. We can discuss what our city needs.
“Don’t elect me based on name recognition or what committees I happen to be on. There does not need to be a tug-of-war and power struggle between council and the people. I can say as a candidate, I truly represent the people. I am here with no ties to anyone, but to the citizens of Palm Bay and I promise to only represent them and move forward, growing the city and making Palm Bay the city we deserve and not the city the past council members have left for us to clean up.”
Donny Jean Felix, 47
Number of years as resident: 16 years
Occupation and company you work for: Project Manager Lewis Roofing
Education: Associate in Applied Science Business Administration at Brevard Community College
Marital status: Married to Sarahjane Felix
Number of children: Three children
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “I am a longtime Palm Bay resident, small business owner, Real Estate investor and builder. I'm currently serving as Vice Chairman of Palm Bay Park and Recreation and PZ Advisory Boards.
“Like many Palm Bay citizens, I'm concerned regarding the future of our city. For far too long, the city's image has been tarnished. I believe Palm Bay can become one of Florida's financially best cities to live in, under the right leadership. The amount of experience I have in the private sector and the years of service on city commissions and boards qualifies me as the best choice for seat 2.”
Peter Joseph Filiberto, 32
Number of years as resident: Life-long resident
Occupation and company you work for: Program Analyst, OIT Consulting
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the Florida International University, Miami
Marital status: N/A
Number of children: N/A
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “Born and schooled in Palm Bay, Mr. Filiberto stands for the American Dream; low taxes, affordable housing, safety & security, and good schools. Pete is a product of Palm Bay’s education system; back when city taxes were at a county low, housing was affordable to all, and roads were not a safety concern. Legacy has it. Let’s return to the American Dream, Let’s turn Palm Bay Around.”
Number of years as resident: 15
Occupation and company you work for: Independent licensed insurance agent
Marital status: Married
Number of children: N/A
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “I believe that I am the best candidate for the Palm Bay City Council Seat No. 2 because I understand the plight of the average citizen because I am living that plight myself. I believe that I am the best candidate because I have a roadmap for the right change in our city and I am prepared and committed to work with all those who want a fully functioning city government free of corruption, and a healthy community that is safe for all.”
Santa Isabel Wright, 54
Number of years as resident: 15 years
Occupation and company you work for: Owner, CMS Tree Services
Education: Healthcare Administration Associate, Bryman College, CA
Marital status: Married to William Wright
Number of children: One daughter, one grandson
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “I believe the time is right to have a council that is as diverse as our city. The time is right for unique perspectives that reflect our growing and diverse community. My experience as a Business Owner with proven leadership in our community is needed so that we have that broad spectrum of understanding to ensure when decisions are made at the council table, they are a reflection of the entire community.
“I am also not afraid to speak my mind or ask the tough questions that will be needed at the council table because I want to be the voice of the community. In the end, I am always thoughtful, transparent and honest in decision-making processes.”