PLACING RESIDENTS FIRST
ABOUT COMMISSIONER JONAH WOLFSON
On November 6, 2007, Miami Beach voters gave their overwhelming support to Jonah Wolfson and elected him to a four-year term on the Miami Beach City Commission.
Committed to public service and driven by a strong work ethic, Commissioner Wolfson initially entered the Miami Beach political scene as a member of the City’s Budget Advisory Committee. There, he put his commitment to protecting taxpayer dollars to work and earned valuable hands-on experience at City Hall.
Energized by his time on the Budget Advisory Committee, Wolfson decided to expand his commitment to public service and run for City Commission. Commissioner Wolfson ran a grassroots, door-to-door campaign, dedicated to placing resident interests before special interests. In the course of his campaign, Wolfson, who speaks Spanish fluently, knocked on thousands of doors and had the privilege of personally meeting thousands of Miami Beach residents from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in neighborhoods from South Pointe to North Beach.
The experience was informative and rewarding: Commissioner Wolfson learned firsthand what Miami Beach residents want and expect from their city government and he forged personal relationships with countless members of the community. Additionally, residents placed their trust in Wolfson by signing a petition that ultimately placed him on the November 6 ballot. Over 1,100 signatures were collected.
As a Miami Beach City Commissioner, Jonah Wolfson is working to carry out his pledge to place residents’ quality of life interests squarely before special interests. He has a particular fondness for the city’s elderly residents and will see to it that they do not become a forgotten segment of the local population. He will work to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and effectively and that the City remains on solid financial footing. Furthermore, Commissioner Wolfson is committed to keeping the City a beautiful, greener and welcoming destination for residents, visitors and businesses, alike.
Commissioner Wolfson is also devoted to maintaining and strengthening the good government reforms that former Mayor David Dermer championed: accountability and transparency in City Hall; curbing the influence of lobbyists and special interests; controlling rampant overdevelopment; and holding public officials to the highest possible ethical standards. As Chairperson of the Sustainability Committee, he is committed to making Miami Beach a "greener city". He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Land Use and Development Committee and is an Alternate on the Finance and Citywide Projects Committee.
Commissioner Wolfson is a practicing attorney and a South Florida native. Wolfson is a graduate of Boston College and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is happily married to Andrea Ricker Wolfson. Both he and Andrea have made Miami Beach their home for the past 9 years where they live with their two small children, Jacob Matthew Wolfson 2 1/2 and Allyson Reese Wolfson, 6 months old.