BOCA RATON, FL — Last night, Taniel Shant, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission District 5, conceded the election to Mayor Mary Lou Berger. Shant was surrounded by over 40 family, friends, campaign volunteers and supporters at the West Boca Ale House.
Below is a full statement from Taniel Shant:
“I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me in this process. As a first time candidate, I could not be more pleased at the outpouring of support I received from those closest to me. I also have to thank my staff, volunteers, and everyone who believed in my message of fiscal responsibility, principled leadership, and overall stewardship of people and their interests. I’m very proud of the campaign that we ran, from our positive vision to our professionalism, but most importantly, the hard work ethic we displayed in reaching out to voters. Over the last six months, I was fortunate to meet with a broad range of people in Palm Beach County who told me about their lives and the issues facing them. It was a tremendous experience that I will carry with me forever.
Although we fell short, we ran a noteworthy campaign. We raised more money than any Republican has ever raised for County Commission District 5. We received almost 37,000 votes, the most for a Republican in County Commission District 5. The Palm Beach Post noted my “strong turnout,” and according to my sources, we won precinct 5154, my home precinct. Despite all odds, our message resonated with thousands of people, but our work is not yet over. It has just begun.
I’d like to congratulate Mary Lou Berger on her win. This is a time to come together and to start thinking of ways to make Palm Beach County better. I look forward to what the future has in store and I know that my ideas and my vision will add to the solutions that keep Palm Beach County moving forward.”