Aventura voters to choose new mayor, commissioners in November

08/25/2014 5:10 PM

08/25/2014 6:36 PM

Aventura will get some new leadership this fall, as the mayoral and three commissioner positions are open because of term limits.

Mayor Susan Gottlieb and Commissioners Michael Stern (Seat 2), Billy Joel (Seat 4) and Luz Urbaez Weinberg (Seat 6) have all reached their term limits. In Aventura, an individual can only hold the position of mayor or commissioner for two consecutive terms.

Robert Shelley was automatically elected to Seat 4 because he was the only candidate who filed by the Aug. 15 deadline.

The election is Nov. 4.

The mayor of Aventura collects an annual salary of $10,000; commissioners earn $7,500.

Here’s a look at the candidates.

MAYOR

Enid Weisman and Lesley Winston are the candidates for the open mayoral seat being vacated by Gottlieb.

Weisman, 66, is the assistant superintendent for human resources for Miami-Dade County Schools. She has served on Aventura’s charter review committee and is chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. She also received a community of respect award from the Anti-Defamation League in 2010 for her work in equal employment opportunity and civil rights in Aventura.

“Ethical governance is really important to the quality of life that people have in cities,” Weisman said. “I bring a vast amount of administrative experience to a city that is urban with a small-town feeling.”

Her opponent, Winston, 71, is a chartered adviser to philanthropic donors. He also is the president of the Aventura-Sunny Isles Beach Chamber of Commerce.

“I love the community and want to keep it the ‘city of excellence,’ ” said Winston, quoting the city’s motto. “It is a wonderful place to live and I want to continue to have it that way.”

SEAT 2

Gustavo Blachman and Denise Landman are running for the Seat 2 commissioner position being vacated by Stern. Candidates for this seat must reside north of the William Lehman Causeway.

Blachman, 52, ran unsuccessfully for City Commission about eight years ago. But the real estate business owner said he is running again because he wants to give back to the city where he made his mark.

“I moved here with nothing and I accomplished wonders,” said Blachman, a husband and father of four who immigrated from Buenos Aires in 1995. “The driving force is my family. I always tell my children that getting involved is important.”

His opponent, Landman, 28, is a director of public and media relations at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She was appointed to the city’s community services advisory committee in 2012.

“Green Market every Sunday was an idea that I proposed as a member,” Landman said. “I was excited to be able to bring that to the community.”

Landman is also a board member of Silver Knight Alumni Legacy Network and is a past recipient of the award. She also participates in Leadership Miami at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

SEAT 6

Marc Narotsky and Jonathan Rogoff are running for the Seat 6 commissioner seat, which is being vacated by Urbaez Weinberg. There are no residential requirements for this seat.

Narotsky, a 31-year-old attorney and mediator, said he always wanted to get involved with public service.

“I wanted to get involved instead of staying on the sidelines, Narotsky said. “I have a lot to contribute, positive energy and make a contribution to community.”

Rogoff, 65, is director of marketing for the Aventura-Sunny Isles Beach Chamber of Commerce.

“I would like to promote business on an official scale,” Rogoff said.

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