Palm Beach Post: A teary Keith James sworn in as first African American ‘strong mayor,’ calls for caring community

Join us in our farewell bid to Mayor Muoio

Please join our West Palm Beach community in bidding farewell to Mayor Jeri Muoio, and thanking her for her years of service. This Thursday, March 21st during Clematis by Night between 6 pm – 9 pm, our city will pay tribute to Mayor Muoio. The Mayor will address the crowd at 7 pm.

For the last eight years that I have served on the Commission, I have had the privilege of working with Mayor Muoio to help move our city forward. I have the utmost respect for her leadership and vision for the city.

While we have been colleagues for the last eight years, I am proud most of all to call her my friend.  My sincerest thank you to Mayor Muoio for her guidance, insight and courage.

Please join us in wishing her all the best this Thursday at Clematis by Night.

Thank you,

Keith James
West Palm Beach

Recount concluded and next steps

On Friday, the canvassing board for the West Palm Beach elections met and decided to hold a recount to ensure my campaign did exceed the 50% threshold needed to win.

I am excited to share the recount was completed and I was announced the official winner of the West Palm Beach Mayoral election with over 50% of the votes cast.

I wanted to cooperate fully with the recount process to make sure all voters, my opponents and all parties were satisfied. I didn’t want to start my administration under a cloud of doubt about the election process or my victory. The will of the voters is being followed.

I want to thank the Supervisor of Elections, her staff and the canvassing board for their work to get this recount done accurately and efficiently.  Thank you again to the voters of West Palm Beach for participating in the election.

It is my goal to move past the election and focus on the future of our city. We have some important issues facing West Palm Beach and I trust we can put aside our differences to create a city that is united and working towards a better future.

As Mayor-Elect I am going to continue the work necessary to move towards a smooth transition and to hit the ground running.  I will keep you updated on this progress. Thank you.

Yours in service,

Keith James
West Palm Beach

Local coverage of the recount
Palm Beach Post
WPTV Channel 5
CBS 12

Thank You & Election Recount Update

THANK YOU. Tuesday was a historic day for our city. I am honored by the trust the voters put in me as the next Mayor of West Palm Beach.

I would like to thank all the voters for participating in the process. Thank you, also, to my volunteers, supporters and team.  A special thank you to my wife, Lorna, my mom and my loving family for their help during this campaign.

I commend my two opponents for their willingness to run for Mayor and their service to our community.  We all shared a common goal to make West Palm Beach a great place.

On Tuesday’s Election Day, we secured 50.38% of the vote.  The city charter says that if a candidate wins with a majority of votes cast, or 50% plus 1 vote, there is no need for a run-off election.  The Supervisor of Elections office and the City are in discussions about whether there is a requirement to do a machine recount of the ballots since we were close to the 50% total.  Our campaign attorneys do not believe a recount is required, nor would it change the outcome of the race since we had a 21.5% lead over our next closest opponent.  I want every vote to count and a fair election process.  I am optimistic this will be resolved quickly, so that we can end the election and unite together as one city that can start to look towards the future.

I have already gotten to work on the transition process to take full advantage of the few weeks we have before the swearing-in process on April 4th.  I want to make sure the projects and programs serving our residents operate without any slowdowns.  I have started to assemble a transition team of neighborhood and policy leaders to listen to new ideas,  create implementation plans for key issues, like homelessness,  and seek innovative ways to prioritize our neighborhoods and services.  In the coming weeks we will keep you posted on our progress.

My door remains open. This is not the end of the conversation, but only the beginning of a new era.   Send me your ideas, concerns or drop me a line anytime at I promise to listen.

Thank you again for your confidence and your support.

Yours in service,

Keith James
West Palm Beach


Vote by mail ballot due

Your vote by mail ballot is due by Tuesday, March 12th at 7 pm. If you have not mailed your ballot back, you can still vote.

  1. Bring your ballot to your polling location on Tuesday, March 12th and vote in person. Find where you vote here:
  2. Request a Keith James for Mayor volunteer pick up your signed, dated and sealed ballot and deliver to the Elections Office for you. Email us back or call 561.284.9891.
  3. The elections office is located at 240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach if you would like to deliver your ballot personally.

Make your vote count. Vote Keith James for Mayor.

Election Headquarters
Keith James For Mayor

Our weekend talking to voters

I have been in our neighborhoods across West Palm Beach over the past two days talking to voters and sharing my goals for our city. Our coffees, meet and greets and mobilization efforts are getting a HUGE response. Take a look below to see the photos from our “Day of Action”.

Now it’s time to focus this energy and excitement towards Election Day.

Please vote Keith James for Mayor on Tuesday, March 12th. If you don’t know where to vote, you can get all the details you need here:

Second, volunteer for an hour or two on Election Day at the polls to show your support. This is a great opportunity to answer any last-minute questions from voters and share my plans for our city. I can bring you a shirt, sign and some literature. Email me or call me at 561.284.9891 if you can volunteer on Election Day.

Thanks for all you are doing. We have entered the home stretch. Every door knocked on, phone call made, conversation with a voter is making a difference. Spread the word to vote Keith James for Mayor.

See you at the polls.

Day of Action

Public safety: Job #1

I have been across our city, meeting with residents and visiting our neighborhoods. Public safety continues to be on the top of everyone’s mind.

As a City Commissioner, I made it my mission to keep us safe. I supported investing in new technology like Shot Spotter and Real Time Crime Center, grant funding opportunities to keep firefighters on the job, our new state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center and a state-of-the-art radio system that saved taxpayers $5 million.

While overall crime is down in West Palm Beach, violent crime is up in certain pockets. That’s why I have outlined a detailed plan to go after violent crime.

My plan will focus on:

  • More community policing in our neighborhoods
  • Going after violent criminals using new technology and intelligence led policing efforts
  • Data driven policing to ensure areas where crime is occurring have the police and personnel needed
  • Cracking down on code enforcement violators to ensure our neighborhoods don’t become havens for crime
  • Supporting programs like the Mayor’s Village Initiative that work with our youth to keep them from turning to crime

I’m excited to announce that I have been endorsed by our local firefighters, police and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. I will work everyday to make sure our neighborhoods are safe.

I am asking for your vote so I can keep working for you.

Please vote Keith James for Mayor on Tuesday, March 12.

P.S. If you missed these videos, please take a moment to watch Sheriff Bradshaw’s endorsement and the endorsement of our Police Benevolent Association.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw

Detective James Louis/ Police Benevolent Association 

Read Keith’s Plans
K.E.I.T.H. Plan
Action Plan On Homelessness
Neighborhoods First Initiative
Plan To Cut Taxes
Plans For Our Neighborhoods