Daniel H. Sohn, a well-known Broward County politico, has announced intentions to seek a seat on the Dania Beach City Commission. The 24-year-old Sohn is the chairman of the Broward County chapter of Democracy for America. In a telephone interview with SFGN, Sohn said he intends to hit the ground running this summer in the southeast coastal city of Dania Beach.
“I’m not campaigning on anything that is not doable,” Sohn said.
To immerse himself into the community, Sohn said he will work a series of shifts at Dania Beach small businesses to better understand the needs of his constituents. The campaign is non-partisan and Sohn describes his approach as progressive.
“Climate change is real,” Sohn said. “Dania Beach is a coastal city and we must be prepared for hurricanes and beach erosion.”
Sohn recently disclosed he is gay, coming out to friends and family on his Facebook page. He said he felt it was important to be authentic with voters when entering the race for public office.
“I’m very happy with where I’m going,” Sohn said.
Dania Beach is the first incorporated municipality in Broward County, first chartered in 1904. It contains colorful antique shops and enjoys a close proximity to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Sohn said he hopes to reverse the trend of business closings in Dania Beach, citing the loss of Jai-Alai and the International Game Fish Association’s Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum as examples of opportunities to reclaim.
The election for the at-large commission is set for November of 2016.