Monday night brought out politicians and supporters of Dr Mark Gendal as he held his kickoff celebration for his run for City Commissioner.
In 2010, Gendal ran for City Commission against incumbent Claudette Bruck and lost by 853 votes. This time he is running in an open seat left by Vince Boccard, who is leaving the seat to run for Mayor.
The event was held at Mythos at the Walk and had live music food and drinks as well as an appearance by Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter who introduced Gendal to the crowd.
While we have challenges I am committed to increasing employment, economic activities, and decreasing crime. I have no doubt we can enhance local education as well as the look of our city. I look forward to serving as our commissioner as we proudly usher in our 50th anniversary. – Dr Mark Gendal
Currently an Optometric Physician and partner at Dr. Reisch and Gendal’s Vision World, Gendal moved to Coral Springs 27 years ago when his business partner convinced him that Coral Springs was the place to raise a family. At the time there was nothing west of Coral Ridge Drive except cow pastures. This was before Eagle Trace was even built. Gendal and his wife bought a resale in Cypress Run and raised their family in new unchartered territory.
Gendal immersed himself in Coral Springs life and became involved in the Chamber of Commerce. After being a five time nominee, he has just become the recipient of the prestigious Covered Bridge Award given out by the Chamber which is the highest award for civic leadership within the city.
“I’ve been so fortunate to practice optometry and raise my family while enjoying a great quality of life in our city. Our beautiful parks, music and sports programs, great schools, and state of the art health care are second to none.”
Gendal provides hundreds of hours of his time helping others and some of the things he does is provide examinations and free eyeglasses to hundreds of patients through the Lyons Club, Coral Springs Public Schools, The Broward Pantry, Kids in Distress, JAFCO and other organizations through the Indigent Care Network.
Besides his busy practice, Gendal and his wife Stacey have five children: Stephanie attends State University of New York, College of Optometry, Joshua attends Florida State, Jared attends University of Central Florida, Chase is a Senior at Douglas High, and Jake attends Sawgrass Middle School.
Gendal believes his experience as a business owner, community leader and parent will make him a great City Commissioner for Coral Springs. The election will be held on November 6 th, 2012.