Town Councilman Lew Crampton announced Wednesday that he will seek re-election to the Group 1 council seat in the March 19 town election.
Crampton is the first candidate to announce his intentions this election season. He filed candidacy papers Monday with the Palm Beach Town Clerk’s Office.
The two-year terms of Crampton, Council President Margaret Zeidman and Councilwoman Bobbie Lindsay expire in March. Neither Zeidman nor Lindsay has announced a re-election bid.
A South End resident, Crampton joined the council after defeating Harris S. Fried in the March 2018 town election. He was re-elected without opposition in 2020 and 2022.
Crampton said he’s been a collaborative leader in council deliberations about issues that matter to town residents.
“I am proud of my leadership on behalf of residents and their families on issues ranging from beach renourishment to alleviating parking congestion, from [Town] Marina redevelopment to island-wide code reform and construction management, from pension fund realignment to applying lean budget-management principles townwide,” he said in a press release.
Crampton keeps open-office hours to meet with residents on Mondays at Town Hall.
“I have developed a reputation as the go-to member for responsiveness to community issues and level-headed, decisive deliberations in our council settings,” he said.
Crampton is chairman of the council’s Business and Administrative Committee, which developed a comprehensive parking management plan approved by the council earlier this year.
He is also chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium. He is retired as president and CEO of the museum and aquarium.
To qualify to run in the March 19 election, candidates must be nominated by registered town voters for a specific seat at the Dec. 5 Town Caucus.