Vana frustrated but OK after loss in property appraiser’s race

Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana, soundly beaten in her race to be the county’s next property appraiser, said she’s frustrated but OK after the defeat to Dorothy Jacks.

“I’m OK,” she said after the loss. “I’ve won races, and I’ve lost races before. I’m happy with the way I ran my race.”

Vana did express frustration with news coverage of the race, which she said failed to point out the support Jacks got from the Republican Party of Palm Beach County.

The party announced on its web site that it supported Jacks, who had been a registered Republican as recently as 2010. A direct mail piece sent out to voters also attempted to link Vana, a long-time Democrat, to the Republican Party’s controversial presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

The property appraiser’s race was a non-partisan race, and Vana touted her long-standing ties to the Democratic Party.

That wasn’t enough, however. Vana, who had served in the state House of Representatives before winning a seat on the county commission, lamented what she described as not enough support from her party in the race.

“I want to thank all of the people who did support me,” Vana said.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Jacks to step into property appraiser’s office after win

Dorothy Jacks won’t face an opponent in November, and, by virtue of her victory Tuesday night over Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana, will be the county’s next property appraiser.

Jacks will succeed Gary Nikolits, who announced last year that he would not seek re-election. He endorsed Jacks, who has served as his chief deputy.

The filing of a write-in candidate, Charles H. Stahman, moved the date of the Jacks-Vana election from November to August 30.

Stahman’s name was not on the ballot, however, and Jacks, cruised to victory over Vana.

Dorothy Jacks
Dorothy Jacks