Florida Politics: “Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber files for 2020 re-election”

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber says he officially filed paperwork on Thursday to kick off his campaign for re-election in 2020.

“It’s been my greatest privilege to serve the only hometown I’ve ever known,” Gelber said in a statement announcing the filing. “I’ve tried to serve honorably and openly, and would like to continue to help make our City the best version of itself.”

Gelber pushed for the creation of a new inspector general’s office during his 2016 run. That office was eventually approved by voters last November. And in January, the Miami Beach Commission approved an ordinance laying out the details of the new position.

Gelber, whose filing comes on the anniversary of the Parkland shooting, also moved to assign Miami Beach Police officers to every public school, beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act required some sort of security personnel be assigned to each public school throughout the state. However, officials have expressed concern that not every school district is complying with that requirement.

Gelber’s administration has also acted on environmental initiatives, expanding its plastic straw ban to cafes and other locations along the beach.

Gelber was first elected to the Mayor’s spot in 2016, replacing outgoing Mayor Philip Levine. Levine went on to run for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2018, losing out to Andrew Gillum.

“While much has been done, there is much more to do. We are a City with high expectation of itself and its leaders,” Gelber added. “I will continue to work every day to earn your trust as Mayor.”

Press Release: “Dan Gelber Files for Re-election, Launches Campaign”

Miami Beach, Fla. – Today, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber filed paperwork for re-election, and officially launched his campaign.

Mayor Gelber shared, “It’s been my greatest privilege to serve the only hometown I’ve ever known. I’ve tried to serve honorably and openly, and would like to continue to help make our City the best version of itself.”

In his first term as Mayor, Dan Gelber can point to a number of significant accomplishments, including:

  • Creation of an independent Office of Inspector General for the City of Miami Beach.
  • Use of “red teams” from the Rockefeller Foundation and Harvard University to audit and improve our City’s sea level rise and resiliency program.
  • Oversee the creation and passage of the City’s resident-driven GO Bond program of 57 capital projects that will serve as the template for addressing our City’s present and future needs by improving public safety, beautifying our parks and promoting greater resiliency.
  • Creation of a STEAM plus program providing arts and culture curriculum to over 2,000 students in our public schools.
  • Creation of “PlasticFreeMB” campaign including ordinances to ban use of plastic straws and bags from City property, docks, and sidewalk cafes, and engaging business community to work together on reducing use of other single use plastics
  • Expansion of the city’s trolleys to reduce congestion, so they are now serving 500,000 passengers every month
  • Designation of two new historic districts (North Shore and Normandy Isle) in north beach, the largest historic designation in over 20 years.
  • Placement of Miami Beach police officers in every public school in our feeder pattern, the first municipality in the county to do so, following the Parkland tragedy.
  • Expansion of our City’s art & cultural programs and initiatives.
  • Redevelopment of 5-6-7 Alton Road resulting in plans for creation of a new 3-acre park that will replace the empty lot and abandoned hospital building that is an eyesore.
  • Participation with the City of Miami in the Bloomberg Cities Mayors Challenge to share data and efforts on resiliency preparation.
  • A perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Municipal Equality Index.
  • Approval of a Convention Center Hotel design that will activate the new convention center in ways that will benefit our community and local economy.
  • New and more effective efforts to rein in illegal rentals from home-sharing platforms.

Mayor Gelber expressed, “While much has been done, there is much more to do. We are a City with high expectation of itself and its leaders. I will continue to work every day to earn your trust as Mayor.”

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Miami Herald: “Miami Beach mayor’s race shaping up to be heavyweight match between old and new blood”

Dan Gelber Endorsed by former Miami Beach Commissioner Ed Tobin for Miami Beach Mayor

Community leaders continue to rally behind Gelber campaign

Miami Beach, Fla. – Dan Gelber announced today that his campaign for Miami Beach Mayor has received the endorsement of former Miami Beach Commissioner Ed Tobin. This endorsement comes as the campaign carries forward with strong momentum in our community following the recent campaign kickoff on February 28 at the Miami Beach Golf Club.

Ed Tobin, Former Miami Beach City Commissioner, said, “I am proud to endorse Dan Gelber in his campaign for Mayor of Miami Beach. Miami Beach needs a Mayor who will stand with its residents. Dan has a history of taking principled stands for what is right, and Dan’s sense of civic responsibility is unequalled.  Dan spent nearly 30 years as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers program, served us as an effective legislator in the Florida House and Senate, and was a top former federal corruption prosecutor.

On a personal note, many years ago Dan invited me to be a summer counselor at a camp he co-founded for children with cancer. I had the chance to see up close the kind of extraordinary caring, compassion and leadership Dan displayed with the children and families we served. Miami Beach deserves a Mayor, like Dan, who not only has gravitas and integrity, but also has spent his life serving the community he loves.”

Dan Gelber shared, “I am especially honored to have Ed Tobin’s endorsement. I have known Ed for decades, and he has always taken principled stands against waste and abuse, and served our community thoughtfully.  I appreciate his support as we continue our campaign to make City Hall more open and responsive to the citizens it serves, and to make our home a safer, more livable place for all.”

 

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Born on Miami Beach, Dan Gelber was raised to believe in public service.  His father, respected former Miami Beach Mayor Seymour Gelber, and his mother, beloved long-time Beach High Spanish Teacher Edith Gelber were models of service. Dan lived these principles through service as a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade, handling public corruption prosecutions, and eventually becoming a decorated top deputy. Dan also served Miami Beach as a Florida State Representative and Senator where he was unanimously elected the House Democratic Leader. Dan has been a Big Brother in the Big Brothers program for decades, and co-founded a camp for kids with cancer where he volunteered most summers. Dan embodies the experienced leadership we need in City Hall. His passion for his community can be seen in his commitment to an honest and open government, protecting the environment, strengthening our schools, and fighting for LGBTQ rights and equality for all. Dan is prepared to be the Mayor our City needs. Learn more about Dan by visiting dangelber.com.

Dan Gelber Endorsed by Miami Beach Commissioner Joy Malakoff for Miami Beach Mayor

Miami Beach, Fla. – Dan Gelber announced today that his campaign for Miami Beach Mayor has received the endorsement of current Miami Beach Commissioner Joy Malakoff. This endorsement comes as the campaign continues to build momentum in our community ahead of the official campaign kickoff on February 28 at 5:30pm at the Miami Beach Golf Club.

Joy Malakoff, Miami Beach City Commissioner, said, “I am proud to support Dan Gelber in his campaign for Mayor of Miami Beach. Dan is a true son of Miami Beach, and has been a forceful public servant, as a legislator in the Florida House and Senate for a decade and a former federal prosecutor. Dan has unmatched experience and success when it comes to defending our core values, and I look forward to seeing him continue that work as our Mayor.”

Dan Gelber shared, “I am extremely grateful to have Joy Malakoff’s support and for her service to our community. Joy has been a longtime respected civic and elected leader in Miami Beach and I look forward to working with her as we make our community a stronger place for all.”

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Born on Miami Beach, Dan Gelber was raised to believe in public service  His father, respected former Miami Beach Mayor Seymour Gelber, and his mother, Beach High Spanish Teacher Edith Gelber were models of service. Dan lived these principles through service as a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade, handling public corruption prosecutions, and eventually becoming a decorated top deputy. Dan also served Miami Beach as a Florida State Representative and Senator where he was unanimously elected the House Democratic Leader. Dan has been a Big Brother in the Big Brothers program for decades, and co-founded a camp for kids with cancer where he volunteered most summers. Dan embodies the experienced leadership we need in City Hall. His passion for his community can be seen in his commitment to an honest and open government, protecting the environment, strengthening our schools, and fighting for LGBTQ rights and equality for all. Dan is prepared to be the Mayor our City needs. Learn more about Dan by visiting dangelber.com.

Dan Gelber Endorsed by Former Miami Beach Commissioner Nancy Liebman for Miami Beach Mayor

Miami Beach, Fla. – The Gelber for Mayor campaign today announced that Dan Gelber received the endorsement of former Miami Beach Commissioner Nancy Liebman. This endorsement comes as the campaign kicks off a resident focused effort that delivers on a strong vision for Miami Beach.
Nancy Liebman, Founder and President of Miami Beach United said,  “I am proud to stand with Dan Gelber in his campaign for Mayor of Miami Beach and I had always hoped that Dan would someday be our Mayor. Dan is a true public servant who has consistently fought for the people of Miami Beach and the values we hold dear. Dan is not only an experienced and honest leader, but he is an example of the best that Miami Beach has to offer in its residents. He has tremendous experience as a community leader and will move his community forward to its deserving future. He will be an excellent Mayor.”

Dan Gelber shared, “I am extremely grateful to have Nancy Liebman’s support and for her to be with me on this exciting journey. Nancy is a pillar of the Miami Beach community. Her life has been an example of standing up for what is right. I look forward to working to create an honest and open government in City Hall, and safeguarding the livability of our community against threats such as over-development and climate change.”

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Born on Miami Beach, Dan Gelber was raised on the principles of serving his community and learned by watching his father, respected former Miami Beach Mayor Seymour Gelber, and his mother, beloved Beach High Spanish Teacher Edith Gelber. Dan lived these principles through service as a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade, handling corruption prosecutions, hate crimes and becoming a decorated top deputy. Having also served as a State Representative, unanimous Democratic House Minority Leader, and State Senator for Miami Beach, Dan embodies the experienced leadership we need in City Hall. Dan’s passion for his community and strong work ethic can be seen in his commitment to an honest and open government, protecting the environment, strengthening public schools, and fighting for LGBTQ rights and equality for all. A Big Brother in the Big Brothers program for decades he is prepared to be the Mayor our City needs. Learn more about Dan by visiting dangelber.com.

 

Miami Herald: “Former state lawmaker Dan Gelber will run for Miami Beach mayor”

Former state Sen. Dan Gelber filed paperwork Tuesday to run for mayor. He went to City Hall with his family, including his father, former Beach Mayor Seymour Gelber.

The filing puts Gelber, a former federal prosecutor, into contention with Michael Grieco, a former state prosecutor. So far, the two are the only mayoral candidates in the November election, but candidates can file until early September.

“This has been my home since I was born,” Gelber told reporters after submitting his paperwork. “Our city, our home is facing unbelievable challenges right now. Rising waters are threatening our homes, unbelievable congestion, and development that seems to be out of control. So I’m running because it’s not in my DNA to sit on the sidelines.”

The younger Gelber looked at his 97-year-old father, a retired jurist, as he said that.

“I know that Dan is going to be a great candidate and, I hope, a great mayor,” Seymour Gelber said, adding that he is proud of his son.

Dan Gelber, 56, spent nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor and a decade in the Florida Legislature before running for Florida attorney general in 2010. That year, he lost to Pam Bondi, the current attorney general.

He has since founded Gelber Schachter & Greenberg, a boutique law firm based in Brickell. On Tuesday, he said friends have talked to him about running before every mayoral election (every two years) for many years.

“When this seat came open, it occurred to me that this would be the right time to do it,” he said. “My family’s behind me. My friends are behind me. My dad thought that it was a good idea, too.”

Gelber’s only opponent at this point is Grieco, a city commissioner who is completing his first term. Grieco was running for a second term in that seat until incumbent Mayor Philip Levine announced on Jan. 12 that he would not seek a third two-year term. Grieco filed to run for mayor the next day.

“This is an open seat for the next mayor of our city, so competition is expected. I look forward to earning the voters’ support by communicating my proven record of service on the commission and my vision for our future,” Grieco said. “I welcome the opportunity to compare my local record as a commissioner and understanding of local Miami Beach issues with our newly filed opponent.”

Levine is considering a run for governor.

Read more here.