Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto is seeking a second term with the gavel, asking residents of the village to return him to the dais on Tuesday, March 13.

Pinto faces a challenge from former Councilwoman Martha Webster in a rematch of Royal Palm Beach’s 2016 mayoral election.

Pinto was first elected to the council in 2003. He recalled how he was encouraged to seek the open seat at the time, winning a four-way race. He believes his Wall Street experience has served him and the village in business decisions made during his time on the council, and since he was elected mayor two years ago.

His greatest concern lies with the safety of residents.

“We talk about quality of life. The key component to a high quality of life is people want to feel safe,” Pinto said. “They want to feel like their children are safe. They want to feel their parents, their grandparents are safe. Everybody wants a safe environment.”

Pinto is confident in the work he, the other council members and village staff have put in to bring safety to the village, stressing that the crime statistics decrease with each passing year.