Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Mayor Scot Sasser will leave office when his term ends in the spring, a decision that had a domino effect on town politics.
Now, four of the five Town Commission seats are in play in the March 13 election:
— Sasser’s seat as mayor will be open.
— Seat 1 Commissioner Elliot Sokolow’s seat is on the ballot.
— Seat 2 Commissioner Chris Vincent is leaving his seat because of term limits and is running for mayor. His seat will be on the ballot.
— Seat 3 Commissioner Mark Brown is resigning effective Wednesday because he’s running for mayor. His seat will be on the ballot.
— Seat 4 Commissioner Buz Oldaker is the only commission member whose status remains unchanged this election.
All the seats are elected by voters citywide.
Sasser announced at a meeting in late October that he wouldn’t seek re-election. He said he has no plans for higher office.
“I’m not a politician,” he said. “I told you that all along.”
Brown said he set his resignation for Dec. 13 so his seat can be filled in the next election, saving the town the cost of holding a special election afterward.
Town commissioners are scheduled to discuss Tuesday night whom to appoint to Brown’s seat. A city memo says Brown himself is eligible to be appointed, allowing him to carry out his term but still allowing for his seat to be filled in March. Or commissioners could select another person who has lived in the town for at least six months.