HOLMES BEACH – With two commissioners’ terms up and an uncontested election scheduled for Nov. 8, city leaders recognized Commissioners Jayne Christenson and Kim Rash as they officially stepped down from the dais.
Mayor Judy Titsworth recognized the two for their hard work over the years for the city and its residents while City Clerk Stacey Johnston presented them with plaques. Rash served two two-year terms as commissioner while this was Christenson’s first term.
Rash said that while he chose not to run for re-election this year due to familial commitments, he added “there’s always next year.”
Christenson said she wished she could have continued on as a city commissioner but with a demanding full-time job she didn’t feel that she could give the residents the time and attention they deserved.
During public comment, resident Nancy Deal stepped up to the podium to express her sadness that the two were leaving elected office.
“I am sad because Holmes Beach is soon to lose two commissioners who not only sacrificed their time and energies to serve Holmes Beach residents as all commissioners are supposed to do, but these two commissioners were also forced to sacrifice their honor and their reputations,” Deal said, referencing the scrutiny that Rash and Christenson both faced over their tenures as commissioners.
Resident Barbara Hines also spoke, complimenting Christenson on her work as a commissioner and how prepared she always was for discussions during meetings. “I just think she’s so special,” Hines said. “When I heard she was leaving the commission, I was devastated.”
The Oct. 25 commission meeting and work session were the last official meetings for the two whose terms expire with the November election. Rash announced over the summer that he would not be seeking re-election and Christenson removed herself from the race in October, leaving new- comers Dan Diggins and Greg Kerchner running uncontested races for their first terms on the city commission. A swearing-in ceremony and organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8 a.m. at Holmes Beach City Hall.