Just three days after winning a historic fifth term as mayor of Wilton Manors, Gary Resnick, in an interview with The Gazette, stated that this would probably be the last time he runs for mayor.
He said he doesn’t know yet what he will do after leaving office in 2018 but he joked that he’s not going to “pull a [Marco] Rubio” by saying he will definitively not run again and then run again. “I don’t want to say it’s definite [that I won’t run] but I think 10 years as mayor is sufficient.”
Resnick, who was elected to the commission in 1998 and became mayor in 2008, will become the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history after he is sworn-in on Nov. 22. He’s also currently the longest-serving elected official, on both the commission and mayor’s office, in the city’s history. The previous mayoral record was set by Harold T. Price, who served eight years from 1960 to 1968.
Asked what he was most proud of during his time in office, Resnick responded “I said I wanted to put Wilton Manors on the map and I think I’ve done that in spades. Before, no one ever heard of Wilton Manors and no one ever came. We’ve got businesses outside the city that actually claim to be in Wilton Manors. We even have potential presidents coming to visit.”
The swearing-in ceremony for the mayor and city commission will be held Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at Hagen Park.