Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber holds a comfortable fundraising lead over the challengers ahead of Tuesday’s election


Mayor of Miami Beach Dan Gelber enters Election Day Tuesday with a significant lead over his four fundraising opponents, having grossed nearly $ 325,000 this cycle. Besides two political committees he listed as contributors to his campaign this month, the outgoing Democrat now has nearly $ 113,000.

Of that amount, he has raised over $ 45,000 in the past month and a half, a period in which he has spent nearly three times that amount.

Gelber, who is running for a third term as mayor, received 198 contributions between September 1 and October 15. Donors were mostly individuals and came from a variety of professions – lawyers, bankers, real estate professionals and producers – as well as a plethora of retirees.

Equally varied were the size of the checks he received, ranging from a $ 15 contribution from the Commissioner of Deerfield Beach Bernie parness, to $ 1,000 of Eugene Rodriguez, owner of Miami-based fashion photography studio Large productions.

On October 1, Gelber filed documents with the city showing that his campaign would accept contributions from two political committees: New leadership for Florida, led by a democratic political consultant Christian Ulvert, and YES for a safer Miami beach, a group led by a Miami lawyer Sam rabin which backs a referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot asking voters if they want to move the last call for liquor sales in South Beach’s entertainment district from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Gelber’s expenses largely corresponded to the general campaign activities of an experienced politician. He served for a decade as a state legislator and made an unsuccessful bid for Florida’s attorney general before running for mayor of Miami Beach. in 2017.

He paid two South Florida political and marketing consulting firms – Miami-based Edge Communications and Fort Lauderdale-based. MDW Communications – more than $ 60,000 each. Another local company, BYG Strategies, raised about $ 3,500.

Gelber also paid Miami-based company Good Catch nearly $ 5,000 for shirts and signage.

Its closest fundraising competitor is Jean Marie Echemendia, a luxury real estate agency that presented itself as an uninteresting alternative to Gelber. Its campaign platform focuses on crime prevention, prevention of overdevelopment, flood mitigation and prevention of sea level rise.

Like all of Gelber’s opponents, she opposes cutting alcohol at 2 a.m..

Echemendia has raised more than $ 85,000 this round, including a $ 50,000 auto loan at the start of its campaign in August. He has about $ 14,000 of that amount left.

Between September 1 and October 15, Echemendia raised and spent approximately $ 12,000. She received 25 contributions ranging from a check for $ 150 from the singer-songwriter Mashonda Tifrère to $ 1,000 in donations from Keith Rabois, partner of the investment firm Founders Fund, and Managing Director of Accelerator Venture Capital Alexandre lloyd.

Like Gelber, his spending was in line with normal campaign practices. She paid Miami-based company Victory Campaign Strategies nearly $ 6,000 for postcards and spent $ 172 on a campaign lunch at Miami Beach restaurant The Setali.

Banking executive turned television entrepreneur Ronnie eith entered the race in May, but didn’t start fundraising – about $ 7,500 in total – until August. Of that, he has about $ 4,500 left.

Between September 1 and October 15, Eith received 19 contributions from mortgage and investment bankers, doctors, insurance agents, lawyer, property manager and motivational speaker, between others.

His only expenses came last month, when he paid the city a qualifying fee of $ 1,360 for the election, $ 800 to a marketing company, $ 500 for research data, and $ 125 to make. advertising on Facebook.

Eith’s main goal, his campaign site said, is to “restore law and order and make the streets of the entertainment district not only safe, but also to make all of Miami Beach safer for everyone.” Its other priority is responsible, environmentally friendly and sustainable development on the beach so that it can “evolve and be maintained over the next 100 years”.

Gus Manessis, the vice president of operations for Fort Lauderdale-based condominium management firm, Cooper Properties Group, raised $ 3,250 during his campaign. Since September 1, he has added and spent approximately $ 2,600 to his war chest with nine donations ranging from $ 150 to $ 500.

He was holding just over $ 500 as of October 15.

His expenses since September have been mainly spent on two things: paying his campaign site and city qualification fees. Its ledger also includes a $ 534 campaign flyer fee and a $ 25 nonprofit advocacy group membership fee. Miami Beach United.

Rental property manager and activist Carlos “SP4” Enrique GutierrezThe campaign has been fully funded by $ 1,610 in personal loans since September 1.

Aside from paying the city’s qualifying fee, its spending doesn’t appear to be in line with traditional campaign spending, mostly going to office supplies and a $ 26 purchase of birdseed from Petco.

As the Miami Herald reported, Gutierrez was arrested last May on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly chasing a man with a knife on a South Beach street. He claimed to have acted in self-defense and his case was closed in June without further action.


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