Tom Copeland Concedes the Runoff
It is with a mindful conscious this afternoon that I’ve decided to concede my race for Lake Worth City Commission for District 4 to Commissioner Herman Robinson. The reasons are manyfold, and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read this letter to understand why.
Before I go any further, I must extend the sincerest gratitude to so many of you. To my wife, Tracie Copeland; my campaign team comprised of neighbors and friends including Lindy Seto, Cheryl Rashkin, and so many others; and the 769 people who voted for me in this election.
I also want to thank the men and women of IAFF (our local firefighters), the REALTORS of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, and the Palm Beach Post Editorial Board for their endorsements.
Without you, none of this would have been possible.
In reviewing the results of yesterday’s election, two things became evident: First, the “numbers gap” between Commissioner Robinson and I is likely too wide for me to overcome in a runoff. Second, I realized that I have an opportunity now to put my pride aside, concede the race, and in the process, avoid what will likely be a tumultuous, divisive second election. This decision also saves the city upwards of $25,000 in costs associated with facilitating the runoff.
Ultimately, it is the selfless nature to concede for the benefit of our community as a whole that has compelled me to believe I’ve made the right decision.
I will be supportive of Commissioner Herman Robinson in his second term. However, with that support comes accountability. I’m happy to report that I have spent some time with Herman today over lunch, and he has committed to welcoming my presence and voice at City Hall. I look forward to working with him in whatever capacity I can in the coming years.
This was a very difficult choice I had to make. I want you to know that I did it carefully, meticulously, and with only the concern for what is best for the City of Lake Worth Beach, and you, my fellow citizens.
Ultimately, I hope this campaign has inspired you. There are so many different ways to contribute to our amazing little city by the beach. We have many fantastic Advisory Boards with open seats that need to be filled. Your neighborhood association could always use a helping hand. We have city-wide cleanups, non-profit organizations with needs for volunteers, and so many world-class events and activities that rely on us as residents to pull off.
Most importantly, let’s stay engaged at City Hall. Join me in helping to build the future of Lake Worth Beach, together. We are #WorthIt!