BREVARD COUNTY — The town of Indialantic has three candidates running for the seat of mayor, so Hometown News is doing its part to prepare our readers ahead of the General Election on Nov. 3.

Below are the candidate profiles for those interested in becoming your next mayor.

David I. Berkman, 57, Incumbent

Number of years as resident: 27 years

Occupation and company you work for: Senior Staff Engineer for Northrop Grumman

Education: AAS in Business Management, Suffolk County CC; BS in Computer Engineering, State University of NY at Oswego; MS in Management, Embry-Riddle University in Daytona.

Marital status: Married to Cathy Berkman for 28 years

Number of children: Two children

What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “I love Indialantic, and I want it to remain the best small beach town in Florida. That’s why I’ve served our community for 20 years; first, as a member of the Board of Adjustment, then as a councilman, and as your mayor.

“As mayor, I’ve had the honor of working with other council members, staff and residents to ensure our little piece of paradise continues to be a charming small town for this and future generations. I fight to preserve what drew us to Indialantic so many years ago and would be honored in your trust for another term.”

Melvyn Chang, 60

Number of years as resident: Two years

Occupation and company you work for: Retired

Education: BA/BS Saint Leo University, MBA Troy State University

Marital status: N/A

Number of children: Three children

What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “My top three priorities would be increasing the quality of life for residents, creating value for taxpayer money (honing the budget), and introducing term limits.

“I believe the first two priorities go hand-in-glove because of the limited real estate and limited resources we have in Indialantic. Currently, our growth rate is outpacing our infrastructure and organic resources.

“I think term limits provide more opportunities for younger people and others to contribute to their community at the decision-making level. Research shows that term limits increase voter participation. Having lived abroad and in several states, I have witnessed how setting term limits stimulates growth and provokes a more diverse dialogue when facing local issues.”

Edwin J. Mackiewicz III, 57

Number of years as resident: 23 years

Occupation and company you work for: Civil Engineer, self-employed and owner of EJM Consulting Services, LLC

Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Hartford, Hartford Connecticut; Juris Doctor of Law from William Howard Taft University, Santa Ana, California

Marital status: Married

Number of children: Two children

What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “For the past 23 years my wife and I have lived in Indialantic where we raised our children and enjoyed the small-town, beach community.

“I currently serve on the town’s Planning and Zoning Board and have done so since 2013. My objective is to maintain and promote the charming beachside community for which Indialantic is known.”

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