On November 6, Residents in Coral Springs will decide whether to elect Dan Daley or Mark Gendal to represent them as their newest City Commissioner. Both are running for an open seat in District 2 which was vacated by Mayoral Candidate Vincent Boccard.
Both Daley and Gendal have been campaigning heavily these last few months in this nonpartisan race. They have had Meet and Greets around town, and are seen campaigning at many public events.
Dan Daley, 22, may be young, but he packs both passion and political experience. Until this past April, he worked full-time with State Representative Ari Porth, where he coordinated meetings and events with constituents.
As a small business owner and former legislative aide to State Representative Ari Abraham Porth, I believe I am uniquely qualified to be one of our City Commissioners. I feel it is vital that we focus on economic development, public safety, and revitalizing our City; doing so will help attract new residents and business owners and give those already here a reason to stay. ” – Dan Daley
After graduating from Stoneman Douglas High School, Daley went on to attend Florida State University where he graduated Cum Laude Honors in both Political Science and Criminology.
He also served with the United States Air Force as a contracted cadet with the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and has been involved with several charities that support soldiers and their families.
As a small business owner in Coral Springs, Daley believes he has a vested interest in the economic development opportunities in the city. His own business, Equine Excellence Enterprises, sells horse products across Florida and the Northeast.
“I understand how government works, and have well-established relationships across the state that can benefit our community. I offer a fresh and energetic perspective, government experience, business sense, and a sincere desire to see Coral Springs great again.”
Mark Gendal has called Coral Springs home for 29 years 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. Last Spring, after being being nominated five times, he 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.
In 2010, Gendal ran for City Commission against incumbent Claudette Bruck and lost by 853 votes.
Currently an Optometric Physician and partner at Dr. Reisch and Gendal’s Vision World, he provides hundreds of hours of his time helping others by providing 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.
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.” – Mark Gendal
Gendal believes his experience as a business owner, community leader and parent will make him a great City Commissioner for Coral Springs.
“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.”
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.