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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.

Drowning out the hate with the hope.

Some residents of Miami Beach awoke Sunday to swastikas engraved into their vandalized cars. Recently, Jewish Community Centers in South Florida, including the Miami Beach JCC, received anonymous bomb threats forcing evacuations. A troubling pattern is emerging – and it needs to be responded to because leaving hate speak and conduct unrebutted only enables it.

This obviously isn’t the first time Miami Beach has had to address this conduct. In the 1990s, a group of American neo-Nazi’s held a rally outside the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial. Directly across the street from where the self-described Nazi’s spouted their hate filled rhetoric, thousands of Beach residents assembled, peacefully singing Hatikvah, the Israeli National Anthem – drowning out “the hate” with a song that literally means “the hope.”

I remember thinking as we stood there arm in arm, people of all faiths and ethnicities, what an awesome display of unity and power. I was so proud of the children and young people in attendance – who learned why standing up in the face of hate is not an option – but a necessity.

Today, we should respond similarly and rally to demonstrate who we are as a community. We should make it clear to the anonymous cowards – and anyone else who might feel empowered by unrebutted hate – that our community is united, proud and unafraid. As the late Elie Wiesel explained, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

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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: “Trump Muslim ban denounced by former federal prosecutors from South Florida”

Three dozen former federal prosecutors — many Democrats, but some Republicans — issued a statement Thursday denouncing President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning people from the predominantly Muslim countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States.

“If we were called upon to defend the executive order, could we do it within the guidelines we learned and lived by as lawyers for the United States?” said the statement signed by 36 former federal prosecutors who worked in South Florida, including three U.S. attorneys in Miami. “We could not. …

“It would be our job, if we were representing the United States today, to say, no, this executive order is wrong and should not be defended,” the statement reads.

The group condemned Trump’s order as “a thinly veiled attempt to exclude Muslims from certain countries based on their religion,” and lauded Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce the order because she did not believe it was lawful. Yates was summarily fired by the president.

Last Friday, Trump issued his order, which focused on “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.” It prompted praise from his supporters who elected him, but also provoked outcry from protesters across the country, including Miami.

His order not only bans for 90 days visitors from those seven Muslim countries from entering the country, but also permanently bars the entry of Syrian refugees until the president determines their admission would be “consistent with the national interest.”

The president’s order also suspends for 120 days the U.S. admissions program for all refugees while a review of the screening process takes place. His order, however, gives priority to refugee claims made by persecuted members of religious minorities, namely Christians.

The South Florida group of former federal prosecutors — including U.S. attorneys Roberto Martinez, Marcos Jimenez and Jeffrey Sloman, along with former state Sen. Dan Gelber — said they were compelled to issue their statement “in light of these extraordinary recent events,” including Yates’ firing.

“We could not candidly tell a court that the United States has the right to turn away refugees fleeing grave danger, even though they have already been fully vetted and approved for admission,” the group wrote. “We could not candidly tell a court, consistent with these principles, that the United States has the right to bar admission to people who are otherwise lawfully permitted to enter the United States, based solely on the fact that others of their religion are perceived to be potential security threats.

“We could not candidly tell a court that the United States has the right to detain or forcibly return people who have lawfully traveled here, based solely on their religion and country of origin.”

The signatories said Trump’s order “would permit the president to give preference to Christians over Muslims for admission to the United States,” and that such a “religious preference” does not comport “with our Constitution.”

The group concluded its two-page letter on a note of equal protection: “In short, the executive order is inimical to the values of the Justice Department and the United States, most significantly, that individuals may not be treated more harshly under the law solely on account of their religion.”

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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.

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