Media Release

Deede Weithorn, former Miami Beach Commissioner,
Announces Campaign for Florida House

Today, former Miami Beach City Commissioner and CPA Deede Weithorn formally announced her plans to run for the Florida House of Representatives in District 113.  Weithorn, a lifelong resident of Miami Beach and mother of two, will be vying to replace outgoing Rep. David Richardson in 2018.  Richardson is vacating the seat in a bid for US Congress.

After filing preliminary paperwork last week, Weithorn officially declared her candidacy this morning, stating: “The people of our district need a Democratic champion on the issues most important to our everyday lives.  Here in South Florida, these issues aren’t just traffic and over-development — they’re also the very real threats of climate change and sea-level rise, as well as confronting the opioid epidemic and improving access to high-quality public education. I was a no nonsense commissioner and I will be a get things done representative in Tallahassee.  For me it's all about delivering results.”

In her two terms as a commissioner in Miami Beach, Weithorn was noted for bringing her quantitative skills as a CPA to bear on the city’s pension problems and unfunded liabilities.  Under her tenure as finance chair, Miami Beach’s bond score rose from A to AA.  Weithorn, a Democrat, holds an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Florida.  In addition to her work on the city commission and in the private sector, she has held leadership roles with the Miami-Dade County League of Cities and the Florida League of Cities.  She has been active with the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, the Mayor’s Library Task Force and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Weithorn has been keen on serving her community in the state legislature for some time.  Initially, she filed to run in District 113 in 2015, but withdrew her name from consideration after Rep. Richardson reversed course on his plans to run for the Florida Senate and opted instead to seek reelection to the Florida House.  Property attorney Jeff Cynamon is the only other declared candidate in the race so far.  The election is scheduled to take place on November 6th, 2018.