Mayor Gary Resnick announced today that he will be dropping out of the November Wilton Manors mayoral race and running for one of the two commission seats.
Resnick made the announcement at the city’s annual volunteer luncheon, according to two people who attended the event. Also running for the seats are Commissioner Scott Newton, Central Area Neighborhood Association President Paul Rolli, and Dr. Katharine Campbell.
The two people who get the most votes will be elected to the seats.
Resnick’s departure from the mayoral race leaves Vice Mayor Justin Flippen and resident Boyd Corbin vying for mayor. The official deadline for registering as a commission or mayoral candidate is in June.
“It seems like we’re playing musical mayors,” said Rolli about Resnick’s decision to drop out of the mayor’s race. “Gary said he wasn’t going to run. He said it several times. You just wonder what’s going on. If Gary should win, nothing’s really changed on the commission.”
According to several people who were at Resnick’s last swearing-in in 2016, the mayor declared he would not run again. In an interview with The Gazette not long after, Resnick stated he would probably not run again but gave no definitive answer. In March of this year, he announced he would run for mayor and seek a sixth term.
Resnick became a city commissioner in 1998 and mayor in 2008 – the longest-serving in the city’s history. The Gazette left a message with Resnick but has yet to respond. Newton and Campbell were also contacted but did not reply before publication.
The story will be updated as new details arise.