Due to medical reasons, Zone 3 City Commissioner Rick Boehm will not run in the 2018 election.
Current Zone 3 Ormond Beach City Commissioner Rick Boehm will not run for a fifth term in the November elections due to a worsening medical condition.
Boehm released a statement on Friday, June 22, explaining that he and his family had decided it was in his best interest not to continue to serve on the Commission after the expiration of his current term. Though he hoped to run for another term, he received confirmation last week that his inherited medical condition had deteriorated.
"While it is by no means certain that I will be able to serve through November 2018, I have full confidence that this Commission could carry on without my presence for that length of time," wrote Boehm.
Boehm was first elected to the City Commission in 2010. He served on the city's Leisure Services Advisory Board from 2004-2010, serving as its chairman from 2007-2010.
In his statement, he endorsed City Commission candidate Susan Persis for Zone 3. He said Persis had told him that she would be interested in running if he ever decided against seeking re-election. He added he was "disheartened" at not being able to continue to serve but that he was confident in Persis' ability as a Volusia County native and former principal.
Boehm listed past accomplishments during his time as a City Commissioner such as the construction of the Andy Romano Beachfront Park, the environmental discovery center, the sports complex and the landscaping on Granada on both sides of I-95. He said he is proud of the work he did to foster a better quality of life in the city.
He said he likes to look at the positives in life and that he enjoyed seeing community groups and organizations get awards during the City Commission meetings. To him, it's what life is all about, he said.
"Don't spend a whole lot of time, if any time, looking back," Boehm said. "Look forward — that's what life is about. Look forward to making tomorrow a better day than today."