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Florida Armenians Endorse Miami Beach City Commissioner Mark Samuelian, Mayor Gelber for Re-Election

City of Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian

MIAMI BEACH, FL – Florida Armenians (FLArmenians.com) is pleased to endorse Miami Beach City Commissioner Mark Samuelian for re-election.

“I’m thrilled to be endorsed by Florida Armenians and have the support of the South Florida Armenian American community,” Samuelian told FLArmenians.com. “I have the privilege of serving many constituencies that call Miami Beach home and I look forward to continue to fight on their behalf on the City Commission,” Samuelian said.

Florida Armenians is also pleased to endorse Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber for re-election. Both Samuelian and Gelber were previously endorsed by FLArmenians.com in 2017.

The candidate qualifying period runs from September 7-10, 2021.

City of Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber

Samuelian is currently running unopposed while Gelber has one qualified challenger. If no candidate files to challenge Samuelian before the qualifying deadline, then he will be automatically re-elected and will not appear on the November general election ballot.

If you are a resident of the City of Miami Beach, the last day to register to vote in order to participate in the November general election is October 4, 2021.

The City of Miami Beach general election will take place on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Mark Samuelian Elected Miami Beach City Commissioner

On Tuesday night, Mark Samuelian became the first Armenian American elected official in Miami-Dade County history.

MIAMI BEACH, FL –On Tuesday night, Mark Samuelian won his race for the Miami Beach City Commission. With all precincts reporting, Samuelian received 7,535 votes out of a total of 11,111 votes cast, or 67.82%. He is the first Armenian American to hold public office in Miami-Dade County.

In a wild race that once had five people vying for the Group II seat, Mark Samuelian stayed above the fray throughout the campaign. He ran a clean, professional, and solid grassroots campaign, and he kept working until the very end, despite his opponents’ woes.

Miami Beach Commissioner-Elect Mark Samuelian and Florida Armenians Editor Taniel Koushakjian on Election Night, Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters at the Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Samuelian shared the big news to a long and celebratory applause. In his victory speech, he outlined his governing principles and campaign priorities. He reiterated his vow to work hard to ensure his policies are adopted and that residents are well represented on the commission.

In addition to Samuelian, two other FLArmenians.com endorsed candidates won their races. Dan Gelber was elected Miami Beach Mayor with 82.38%, and Michael Gongora was elected to the Miami Beach Commission Group III seat with 64.81%.

“Florida Armenians congratulate all the winners in Miami Beach and throughout Miami-Dade County,” stated Florida Armenians Editor Taniel Koushakjian. “We are especially proud of Mark Samuelian on his historic, and resounding victory. I expect there to be many more Armenian Americans holding public office in Florida in the years to come,” Koushakjian said.

Florida Armenians 2017 Endorsements

Florida Armenians is proud to support the following candidates for Miami Beach City Commission in the upcoming November 7, 2017 elections:

Mayor: Dan Gelber
Commissioner Group II: Mark Samuelian
Commissioner Group III: Michael Gongora

Florida Armenians also support Micky Steinberg for Miami Beach Commissioner, Group I. She is running unopposed, therefore she will automatically be elected and will not appear on the ballot. 

We are especially proud to support fellow Armenian American Mark Samuelian. We believe his unique story, strong academic and business background, commitment to residents, and passion for public service will greatly serve the people of Miami Beach. Read our exclusive interview with Mark Samuelian here.