Arlene R. Schwartz, Vice Mayor (Seat #2)

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Vice Mayor Schwartz is a familiar face on the dais. A native of New York and a 41-year resident of the City of Margate, Vice Mayor Schwartz was first elected to the Margate City Commission in 1991. She has had the unique privilege of serving the residents as a City Commissioner from 1991-1994, 1997-2004, and 2016-2020. She was reelected in 2020 for another four-year term. From 1999 to 2001, she was appointed by her fellow commissioners to serve as the City’s first female mayor.

Vice Mayor Schwartz dedicated her career to public and community service, first as a Broward County Public School teacher and then as an administrator working with under-served minority populations. She holds a master's degree in American History from Binghamton University. 

In 2023, Vice Mayor Schwartz received the Silver Certificate of Leadership from the Certificate Program for Elected Municipal Officials hosted by the Florida League of Cities (FLC) University. 

She has served in various capacities on numerous associations, boards, and committees, including:

  • The Florida Assistant Principals’ Association (board member)
  • Broward League of Cities
  • National League of Cities
  • The American Cancer Society Board of Directors.

She currently serves on the following boards: 

  • Margate Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Northwest Focal Point Senior Center District

Her professional affiliations include the Florida Association of School Administrators, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education, and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City College of New York, a Master of Arts in American History from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and an Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision (Ed.S) from Florida Atlantic University. She has one son who lives in Tennessee.

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