Mack Bernard

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Mack Bernard
Mack Bernard.jpeg
State Representative
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 27th district
In office
September 22, 2009 – November, 2012
Succeeded by Bobby Powell
Personal details
Born (1976-03-04) March 4, 1976 (age 41)
Port au Prince, Haiti.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Shawn Bernard
Children 3
Profession Lawyer; business executive
Mack Bernard
County Commissioner
In office
November 2016 - Present
Opponent(s) Priscilla Taylor
Personal details
Political party Democrat
Alma mater

University of Florida

Florida State University College of Law

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Mackenson "Mack" Bernard (born March 4, 1976)[1] is a Haitian-born American politician.[1] He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida. Bernard moved to Florida in 1986.

Political career[edit]

He was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2009 as a Democrat in the 27th district.[1][2]

In 2012, Bernard ran for a seat in the 27th district of the Florida Senate, facing fellow Representative Jeff Clemens. Clemens won the endorsement of labor unions AFL-CIO and SEIU, while Bernard received the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.[3] In the end, Clemens was able to narrowly defeat Bernard by only seventeen votes in the primary election.[4] Bernard held out hope, however, that Clemens's victory would be overturned and filed a lawsuit to have forty absentee ballots counted. A judge in Tallahassee ruled against Bernard but allowed nine provisional ballots to be counted, which would not have been enough to allow Bernard to emerge victorious[5] In the general election, Clemens remained on the ballot as the Democratic nominee, and was elected unopposed.

Personal life and career[edit]

Mr. Bernard holds a Juris Doctor with honors from University of Florida Levin College of Law. Due to his superior intellectual attainments, he served as a teaching fellow for legal research and writing. Mr. Bernard was a respected member of the UF Trial Team that participated in national competitions. Mr. Bernard was the recipient of the Book Award in Income Tax Law, a course taught by prominent tax professor Stevens Willis. After having passed the Florida Bar examinations, Mr. Bernard was accepted and earned an LLM in Taxation from UF in 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Representative Mack Bernard". http://www.myfloridahouse.gov. Florida House of Representatives. Retrieved July 17, 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "Mack Bernard Official Site". Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Derby, Kevin (July 31, 2012). "SD 27: Two Dem State Reps Battle for Open Florida Seat in Palm Beach County". Sunshine State News. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Stapleton, Christine (August 18, 2012). "After recount, Clemens defeats Bernard by 17 votes in Florida Senate District 27". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Calhoun, Ryan (September 17, 2012). "Provisional ballots to be counted in Mack Bernard, Jeff Clemens Senate race". WPTV-TV. Retrieved May 28, 2013.