In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 2 election for Marathon City Council, Keys Weekly will be asking each of the four candidates a question and printing their answers. This week’s question: Why are you running for Marathon City Council?

Marathon Council elections are at-large, meaning that regardless of the number of candidates, the top vote getters are elected to the two open seats in November. Absentee ballots go out on Sept. 23, while early voting starts Oct. 18. For more information, call the Supervisor of Elections at 305-292-3416 or email [email protected].

Responses are as submitted by the candidates.

Trevor Wofsey

Trevor Wolfsy

I’ve lived in the Keys since 1989. I love this town. I’m just a regular working guy with a family and I don’t think anyone is looking out for the people like me. I want my kids to enjoy Marathon the way my wife and I have. I want to work for the people who live and work here. During my time on the City of Marathon Code Board, I saw things I did not like; things that had to change. I planned to run someday. When I read that only two candidates were running this year and that we might not have an election, I decided it was time to step up for my community. The Council seems focused on wealthy, out of area investors who don’t care about our neighborhoods, the environment, or quality of life. I’m running to make sure someone is standing up for us!

Luis Gonzalez

Luis Gonzalez

The great City of Marathon and the people who live here have always been of utmost importance to me. I am a 34 year resident of Marathon. I have been involved in numerous local organizations around the community. I have a strong motivation and desire to continue serving this great community. It is my mission to continue finding a balance in the City decision making process so that residents can feel comfortable calling Marathon “home.” I will work towards finalizing all of the park upgrades around the City of Marathon. I will also move forward on the US1 corridor and median improvement project. Lastly, I will continue to make your issue, my concern. I am dedicated to each and every one of you and will work my hardest each and every day to fulfil your needs. Thank you for your continued support in my campaign for re-election for the Marathon City Council. 

Lynny Del Gaizo

Lynny Del Gazio

The reason I’m running for City Council is for the best interest of our LOCALS. I don’t want to leave like my parents have, due to the changes in our Island lifestyle.

I LOVE Marathon and will continue working tirelessly for the people of this amazing and unique Island community. I was fortunate to grow up here and graduate from Marathon High School (Class of 82′). I want to help the younger generation have the great opportunities that I had to secure a home and business. I understand the issues facing the working people and long term LOCALS!

Keeping this community the family-friendly town that I grew up in is my priority. I am committed to making smart, ethical, and deliberate decisions to ensure a balance between full time residents and tourism. I pledge to continue working with that goal in mind!

Greg Coldiron 

Greg Coldiron

I have a vision. Marathon can be the best small town in Florida. We should be efficient, cost effective, and user friendly.  Marathon’s government is a business. This business, Marathon, is best served if experienced and successful business people are elected to Council. Greg Coldiron has always been a business person and owns/operates several in Marathon. Greg has owned other businesses very similar to Marathon in management style and size. Greg’s leadership skills are applicable and transferable to the City of Marathon.

Leadership is the most important business skill. People must be inspired and motivated.  A Council Person must help find solutions. A Council Person must enthusiastically lead the way.

If elected Greg will listen to you. All suggestions and solutions to our problems will be considered. Greg Coldiron can be part of the solution. Greg can make a difference in Marathon, and in your life. Leadership matters!

Join us at the 2021 Marathon Candidate Forum, which covers our 2021 City of Marathon Election, on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. It will be held at the Marathon Government Center BOCC Room (limited seating due to Covid restrictions, masks required in the building). Also available on Comcast Ch. 76, AT&T Uverse Ch. 99 and MCTV. Go to Monroe-County-Television for more info on the broadcast.

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Charlotte Twine fled her New York City corporate publishing life and happily moved to the Keys six years ago. She has written for Travel + Leisure, Allure, and Offshore magazines;; and the Florida Keys Free Press. She loves her two elderly Pomeranians, writing stories that uplift and inspire, making children laugh, the color pink, tattoos, Johnny Cash, and her husband. Though not necessarily in that order.