LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Just one seat will be decided in the community development district supervisor elections after a candidate pulled out of one of the contested races.
Incumbent Alan Silverglat, 68, treasurer of CCD 5, whose four-year term on Seat 3 comes to a close this year, is the sole candidate in the master-planned community being challenged in the Nov. 4 general election.
Silverglat, a retired accountant and chief financial officer, will appear on the ballot along with newcomer Ronald R. Steger, 60, a former accountant with KPMG and a Country Club resident since 2011. Steger has never been involved in local politics and has not responded to attempts by the Herald seeking comment on the election.
In Community Development District 1, local Realtor Laurie Fox removed her name from the race for a seat on the Summerfield/Riverwalk community board occupied by Phyllis Troy, who is retiring after serving 12 years.
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Gary Berns, 76, wins the seat by default. The Summerfield resident, who moved to Lakewood Ranch 15 years ago, has a long history of serving his community, most recently as a CDD 1 board supervisor for 10 years until he resigned for personal reasons in 2012, and as a former president of the Summerfield/Riverwalk Village Homeowners Association.
"I'm a firm believer that you don't complain unless you try to help. I can work with the current board members. I know all these people, and I know them well," Berns said.
In Country Club West, the face of District 6 will change dramatically with three unopposed newcomers:
Susan Ellis is the neighborhood chairwoman of Edenmore and vice president of the Country Club West Homeowners Association.
Henry "Hank" Hofeler serves on the Greystone Neighborhood Committee.
Jim Rogoze is neighborhood chairman of Silverwood and secretary of the association.
They will join the five-member board including supervisors James Hill and Jane Bruyer, whose terms expire in 2016.
"Everyone is trying to do their work in advance: reviewing the new budget that's been approved by the board for 2015, looking over procedures and ongoing projects. We don't want to have a huge learning curve. We want to step in right away and do the best we can for the district," said Rogoze, who will be sworn into his new position in November along with Ellis and Hofeler.
Silverglat, wishing to continue representing over 960 County Club homeowners in his district, said if elected again, his main goal is to represent the interests of neighbors who want their quality of life preserved and services maintained.
"Those interests are generally focused on what's very close to their home -- what affects their quality of life in Lakewood Ranch, which includes cost control and maintaining good services at a reasonable cost to the homeowners," Silverglat said.
His fellow supervisor, Martin Cohn, who fills Seat 5 on the CDD 5 board as assistant secretary, is running uncontested.
Kathryn Moschella, Lakewood Ranch reporter can be reached at 941-745-7010. Follow her on Twitter@MoschellaHerald.