This afternoon, two more candidates turned in their applications to be considered to the vacant seat on the Palm Bay City Council. this brings the total number of applicants thus far to 11.
The seat became vacant after the resignation of Pete Filiberto following his arrest.
The two new applicants are Phil Moore, who ran against Filiberto in the special election, and Nathan White who was defeated by nearly 10 points last election.
Moore ran twice against Randy Fine for the state house seat before running against Fine and White backed Filiberto for City Council.
Fine who endorsed Filiberto also endorsed Nathan White, and spent a great deal of money campaigning for White. He was also endorsed by former, disgraced County Commissioner Bryan Lober who is currently under investigation by the FDLE. The campaign focused on negative mailers, text messages, and signs has landed both Fine and White facing criminal and civil issues with the State for campaign finance and election violations. He also worked with former Councilman Tres Holton as an advisor to his campaign.
White’s then boss Josiah Gattle at the UPS Store he worked at , was the President of the Space Coast Young Republicans. He started a PAC named We The People that was used to finance negative ads towards White’s opponent. He is not only facing campaign finance violations, but also at risk of losing his two UPS franchises for using them directly in funding White’s campaign.
Phil Moore 48, Democrat
Nathan White 31, Republican
How to Apply
Pursuant to Section 3.06, of the Palm Bay City Charter, Seat 5 of Palm Bay City Council, to which Peter Filiberto was elected, was declared vacant as of February 17, 2023, via Resolution 2023-06.
Ordinance 2023-10 established the procedures for filling the vacancy. The vacancy shall be announced for a period of thirty (30) days, or as close thereto, to receive applications. The individuals will be ranked by each council member at the April 6th regular Council meeting that will be held in City Council Chambers located at 120 Malabar Road SE at 6:00pm. The five individuals receiving the lowest numbers at the April 6th meeting will be re-ranked and considered by Council at a special Council meeting to be held on April 13th in City Council Chambers located at 120 Malabar Road SE at 6:00pm. The individual receiving the lowest number will be appointed by City Council.
The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, March 29th, by 5:00 P.M. The link to the application packet is below. Please complete and return all documents, along with payment for the background check, to the Office of the City Clerk by the deadline date.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 321-952-3414.