Mark Weithorn, husband of City Commissioner Deede Weithorn, has filed to run for office in Miami Beach.
Weithorn, 57, will run for the Group 5 seat, currently held by Ed Tobin. Tobin’s term is running out in November.
Announcing his campaign in a statement released Wednesday, Weithorn said traffic issues on the Beach have led him to run.
“My primary purpose in running are my concerns with traffic congestion in Miami Beach,” he said. “As this city grows we need to have a comprehensive transportation plan that will take cars off the streets. World-class cities, like Miami Beach, must have world-class transportation.”
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A native of Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Weithorn is a realtor who currently does web development for realtors. He also teaches marketing classes at the Miami Association of Realtors.
Weithorn has followed transportation issues in the Beach, as he has served on the city’s transportation and parking committee, where he is currently chair. He’s also served on the board of the North Beach Development Corporation and is a member of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.
He ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Florida House District 113 in 2012, losing in the Democratic primary in August. During that campaign, an attorney for Weithorn’s former business partner who supported one of Weithorn’s opponents filed an ethics complaint against Weithorn. Weithorn was later fined $3,000 by the Florida Ethics Commission for failing to disclose a $13,500 judgement against him on a financial disclosure form.
Deede Weithorn’s term is also expiring in November.
Mark Weithorn will have to qualify in September to make the Nov. 3 ballot.
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