David Wieder, chairman of Miami Beach’s Historic Preservation Board, will challenge incumbent Philip Levine for the mayor’s seat in this year’s election.
Wieder confirmed his candidacy Tuesday with the Miami Herald. He is filing paperwork with the city this week.
A Beach personal injury attorney, Wieder currently serves as chairman of the city’s Historic Preservation Board. He has also served as treasurer of the American Jewish Committee.
A North Beach resident who grew up in the Beach, Wieder said in a statement he decided to run after seeing what he considers overdevelopment in the city.
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Multiple candidates are vying for each of the three City Commission seats open this fall. Wieder’s entry into the campaign gives Levine — who says he will again use his wealth to self-fund his campaign — his only competition, to date, as he eyes a second term.
Wieder, who was not available for additional comments Tuesday as he traveled out of state, had planned on making a formal announcement later this week. But the news leaked Tuesday when former City Commissioner Michael Góngora highlighted it in his monthly email newsletter.