• Michelle Marchante

Student runs for the position of Aventura Commissioner


This profile was published in FIU Student Media's PantherNOW. Image courtesy of Joshua Mandall.

Michelle Marchante/Staff Writer


Joshua Mandall, 20, a junior studying political science, has a lot on his plate this year juggling school, extracurricular activities, an internship and being one of the youngest candidates to ever be on Aventura’s Nov. 8 ballot.


Mandall is competing for the position of Commissioner, Seat 5, against Gladys Mezrahi, 53, the owner of Indigo Events, a local events and public relations company.


Aventura’s City Commission is comprised of seven part-time nonpartisan commissioner seats that run a four-year term each.


Seat 5 became available after Commissioner Enbar Cohen, who was up for re-election, resigned in August to pursue a career in Jackson Memorial Hospital’s legal department.

Even though his interest in politics started at a young age, Mandall’s first real experience with it was back in 2010 when he campaigned for Democrat Joe Garcia’s congressional campaign.


“I saw that politics wasn’t just black and white,” Mandall said.


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