The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 30
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 30

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r i B8 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 Bianco's Influence Decreasing FOR HIS . t'JTjrj I wrapping "k MO to 9 Mon thru Fri qs Sat 9-6 UkiC f M g N g SHOP y Bud Newman a . ft v Politics getting a little more acclimated to it and a little tougher. I will run for re-election in two years." Smiles said later he also sought and received a public assurance from Sen. Don Childers (D-West Palm Beach) that he will run for reelection. Why the rush to get them both on the record? It's believed Smiles' motive was to try and derail the political plans of current party Chairman Lu Hill, who has said publicly he would like to run for the legislature in 1978 and that he much prefers the Senate to the House. Smiles believes the party chairman should not use his office as a stepping stone into office, least of all against an incumbent Democrat. And while it's believed Hill is considering a race against Childers more than Johnston, Smiles wanted to get both senators to announce their plans with the hope it would persuade Hill to look elsewhere, or nowhere at all. panel discussion are scheduled at 7: 30 tonight in the Palm Beach Gardens High School auditorium. The 45-minute film is called "The Incredible Bread Machine" and it's sponsored by the Libertarian Institute for a Free Economy (LIFE) and the county libertarian party. A panel discussion will follow the film. State Sen. Harry Johnston (D-West Palm Beach) announced last week he plans to seek re-election to his Senate seat in 1978 something he didn't plan to do last year after experiencing his first legislative session. During a question session after his remarks to the Democratic Executive Committee, former county party Chairman Leon Smiles sought a confirmation Johnston would run again. "If you had asked me this last year I'd have said categorically and absolutely no," Johnston said. "I'm Southdale Shopping Center 804 Southern Blvd. W.P.B. PUBLIC AUCTION SALVAGE & SURPLUS Tuesday,December 7,1976, 9:30 AM THE SCHOOL BOARD OF PA'M BEACH COUNTY 3323 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach 2 Blocks West of Dog Track Sale to be conducted in three areas, starting in Area 1 at 9:30 AM. AREA 1 - Whse. 509, School Board Complex Refrigerators, Freezers, Dishwashers, Steam Kettles, Washers, Dryers, Trailer Axles complete wWheels & Tires, Gas Heaters. AREA 2 - Transportation and Maintenance Complex, approximately 10:00 AM. Buses, Station Wagon, Vans, Pick-Up Truck, Aluminum Aw plans. "But that's in the area of futuristic fantasizing." Koehler did elaborate, however, on his political hopes for the not-so-distant future. His game plan goes something like this: do such a good job on the County Commission the next four years he will be re-elected without opposition in 1980, hope the county is large enough by the 1982 congressional redlstricting to earn itself a second congressional district and run for that. "I figure that the 1980 census is going to result in a redistricting of congressional districts," Koehler said. He vowed not to be tempted into running for any other office midway during his term in 1978. "I've always believed in finishing a job and the people hired me for a four-year job," he said. "I want to get fully immersed in county government." The Libertarian Party has gained popularity lately and some political observers predict it may be the third party to watch in the future. The party offers an interesting philosophy blending liberal with conservative. The common thread is personal liberty with extremely limited government involvement in people's personal lives or in business regulation. If you'd like to see and hear what the party's all about, a free film and wJH' I I ning Type Windows, Mechanical Joint Fittings of Various Sizes. Area 3 - Whse. S-530, P. B. International Airport, across Belvedere Road, opposite School Board complex. Office Machines, Radios, Record Players, Projectors, Musical Instruments, Chairs, Chair-Desks, Benches, Fans, Sewing Machines, and many more items too numerous to mention. Inspection - Sale date, between &30 & 9:30 AM Registration - Whse. S-530, P.B.I. Airport $10.00 deposit by bidders - refunded if no purchase made. NOTICE: Salvage and surplus items will not be sold to any individual, corporation, assn., institution or entity that does not comply with all applicable laws and regulations pertaining to discrimination of any nature whatsoever. Certification to this effect will be required upon payment of purchase. TERMS - CASH OR CERTIFIED CHECK R. K. Beebe, Auctioneer 683-1974 Sgt. Bill Shetron, President of the Palm Beach County Council Fraternal Order of Police and a member of the Palm Beach Police Department, presents circus tickets to the children at the Royal Palm School. The tickets are being made available through the generosity of local residents and merchants. The Council F.O.P. presents the circus annually to raise money for various community activities. This year it is being held on December 19th at Twin Lakes High School. OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME CONDOMINIUM ON THE INTRACOASTAL, WALK IO AU STOSfS JUST REDUCED BY J,. 000, I Br-IB Irom SI9 600-I Br -IB from 117,-900. IT MAY BE THE II HIE PARADISE, YOUR REAL HOME, YOU WERE LOOKING FOR. WRITE FOR BROCHURE OR CALL SEAGATE OF GULFSTREAM 3030 So. Fid Hwy., BOYNTON BEACH 733-3711 or 437-9434 waffle wcloki mm A(,S0NV .ill I I I WAREHOUSE APPLIANCE OUTLET j ' ... - "iMMMI -"bMWWWWWWWIIW iii-aaMBMiMMaMaMMM rrW OUTLETS A year or two ago, Sunshine Democratic Club President John Bian-co's influence over the county's De-. mocratic politics was substantial. He headed the county's largest Democratic club with up to 2,000 members (a disputed figure) and the only club then representing the overwhelmingly Democratic bloc vote in Century Village. But over the last year, Bianco's influence and power has been steadily decreasing and, depending on what happens Monday night, he may find himself with no power at all. Bianco, an outspoken Italian who lives in Cresthaven Villas, is being challenged for president of the club by Howard Arnold, twice an unsuccessful candidate for county sheriff during the past four years. The election will be held Monday night at CTA Hall in West Palm Beach beginning at 7 p.m. Arnold thinks he has a good chance at defeating Bianco, saying, "I think the handwriting is on the wall" and Bianco's leadership has been bad for the club. Bianco didn't want to talk about it but sounded supremely confident. Asked how his race was going, Bianco snapped back in typical form, "We don't have any race, we have an election." Then he added, "I have nothing further to say." A variety of factors could affect the balloting Monday night to determine if the county's controversial club president will be re-elected. Among those factors are: Party rules requiring an open ballot. Arnold thinks this will work in Bianco's favor since "a lot of people haven't got the nerve to show their convictions" by openly opposing Bianco. Arnold, a member of the club's board of directors, claims support from many board members but admits when the heat is on, "Openly they ain't gonna defy him." Bianco's year-Jong association with former Republican fundraiser and powerbroker Maria Bruno, who became a Democrat last year and joined forces with Bianco as her ticket into the party power structure. That association probably gained Bianco more enemies than friends and it was a factor in the creation of the new Century Village Democratic Club last year, which has eaten into the Sunshine Club's influence over the large condominium complex. A defeat for Bianco might also be a significant setback for Ms. Bruno, though Arnold believes she would just latch on to someone else. Many, if not most, of the candidates supported by Bianco during the recent Democratic primaries were defeated and many Democrats campaigned openly against the Bianco-Bruno alliance. Bianco also supported the losing candidate for county party chairman and lost his own race for a seat on the party executive committee factors that diminished considerably his clout in the official party structure. A possible factor is Arnold, like the majority of the club, is Jewish, Bianco is not. Neither lives in Century Village, however. Arnold said he has not been campaigning for the job or calling club members seeking support. One rea-. son, he said, is Bianco refused to provide him a copy of the membership list. "I had asked him for a membership list so I could contact the members," Arnold said. "He refused. He's been calling around like mad . . . I've made no calls. I've contacted nobody. People are calling me." He said Bianco is telling people Arnold shouldn't be elected because he supported Republican Richard Wille for sheriff over Democrat Richard Lopez, whom Arnold distrusts immensely. Arnold admits as much but is quick to add Bianco "was going for Dave Reid all the way in fact, his wife works for Dave Reid." Reid, the county's Republican property appraiser, was re-elected in November over Democrat Earl Boyce. Election night might end up being an interesting exercise in logistics since CTA Hall holds only 200 or so and the club's membership is much larger. Arnold said Bianco plans to bring people "in shifts" to vote. It should also be noted that a few months ago club by laws which previously limited a president to two one-year terms were amended to allow Bianco to run for a third term. Whether he gets it or not should be very interesting to watch. New County Commissioner Dennis Koehler looks, sounds and acts like someone with a lifelong career in politics in mind. He admits as much, but last Monday night he got a little unsolicited encouragement from Century Village Democratic Club President Fred Kaplan. Kaplan described Koehler, 35, as "one of a kind" who has a "great future" ahead of him in politics. "I only wish we could live long enough to see him ride the ladder up to its very top rungs," Kaplan said. After Koehler's well-received remarks to the club, Kaplan told him, "Dennis, that's about the way Jimmy Carter started." Dennis Koehler for president??? Koehler said later he could live with that. "I would love to be president of the United States no question about it," he said a bit reluctantly when pressed on his future political ish " .. fj) v WEST PALM BEACH OPEN SUNDAY jl llMIi:l;lflT3 Mr ii ta i ri .1 i i i.iiti 3 -------- -M-4 BIB ' 1 WSfr- 1.1 1 jI lITnriHjr I I riil!MHMHMrgM.flft I SUPER VALUES FMl CHKESTMAS! (jimp (fmsiliH? m 11m 1977-s Buy the microwave oven that set the standard for versatile microwave cooking. 4ytTif S& Bti 5 3 MICROWAVE'OVEN ! , 1 with COOKMATIC POWER SHIFT, Gome in and see all the fine Amana Products Model RR-7 nan SIDE BY SIDES CIRCULATION SERVICE PHONE 659-1450 the t Palm Beach POST and TIMES GOTEB QEQ CJJGQ (MS? QB03 o)0(Q) FROM ONLVO o

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