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Mike Bracchi’s seat wasn’t up for election this year, but he still won a major vote.

Wilton Manors’ City Commissioners chose him to be Vice Mayor for the next two years.

“I have a unique skill set that I bring to the table and I did the job [as commissioner] really well. I’m already working with city staff and I will do well at it.”

Bracchi said that his skill set includes management experience and collaborative workmanship.

City commissioners choose who will serve as Vice Mayor. Earlier in the meeting Bracchi announced his interest in the office. He was elected 4-1, with new commissioner Don D’Arminio supporting Chris Caputo.

“There was a lot going on with this election, a distraction. Some fresh blood in the Vice Mayor role is good.”

Congratulations & Conciliatory Words

The distractions Bracchi refers to are related to the campaign which saw lots of dirty tactics. But at Tuesday’s organizational and swearing-in meeting Paul Rolli and D’Arminio both pledged to put that behind them and work to improve the city.

“We put the election behind us and look forward,” D’Arminio said in his first remarks after being sworn in. “I look forward to working with the entire city commission. I congratulate Paul Rolli on his re-election.”

Moments later Rolli took his oath and echoed the conciliatory tone.

“In these difficult political times in a world of negativity, I would ask that the commission and the community be leaders of positive change. I will do my part to keep the positive spirit alive.”

Both Rolli and D’Arminio were sworn in by their longtime partners.

Mayor Scott Newton, who cruised to re-election with no significant opposition, was sworn in by his son who is a detective in the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Newton’s wife, daughter, and granddaughter were also there to support him.

No other business was discussed, and the new commission will meet again next Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.

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