Dozens of constituents and supporters enjoy an impressive spread of drinks and appetizers.

Campaign season officially began on April 28 for County Commissioner Michelle Coldiron, who hosted a kickoff party that drew dozens of supporters to Boondocks Grille and Drafthouse. Coldiron is the incumbent and is so far the only candidate for the District 2 seat, which covers from Boca Chica Key through the 7 Mile Bridge, plus the north side of U.S. 1 up to 63rd Court in Marathon.

“I certainly appreciated seeing everyone at my campaign kickoff and sharing my vision and goals for Monroe County,” said Coldiron. “I look forward to continuing to serve all the residents of the Keys for another four years.”

Coldiron’s campaign website,, is not yet live as of press time, but should be operational soon.

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Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.