Read below why the Palm Beach Post is endorsing Mack Bernard for County Commission, District 7.

Before March, Palm Beach County appeared to be humming.

A zesty economy, bolstered by real-estate projects and record tourism. Long-needed capital improvements coming off the drawing board. A precipitous drop in crime, especially violent crime.

Even unresolved issues such as workforce housing looked to finally be tamed by fresh money coming from the Florida Legislature.

But that was before COVID-19 changed everything — including the tenor of the Aug. 18 election. With no fewer than four seats on the seven-member County Commission on the ballot, the top question has gone from “Who best to steer the county’s growth over the next four years?” to “Who best to steer it through an unprecedented health and economic crisis?”

With about 30,000 reported cases and 750 deaths, this county is officially a COVID-19 hot spot. So far, the commission has done an admirable job of managing an excruciating situation — but profound challenges lie ahead.

We need experience, and the knowledge that comes with it, to get through this. That’s why the Palm Beach Post Editorial Board is endorsingCommissioner Mack Bernard.

No one on the county commission has more emphatically ensured that all residents are considered than Bernard. Exhibit A: The first-term commissioner pushed through a long-sought-after racial disparity study for fair and equitable rewarding of county contracts and creating jobs.

He reminded the Editorial Board that when discussing the future of the Ag Reserve, someone must also speak up for farmers still working there. He said racial injustice must not fall off the commission’s radar.

And as county mayor in 2019, Bernard displayed keen leadership skills when Hurricane Dorian threatened our shores after devastating the Bahamas.

Bernard, a former state representative and Delray Beach commissioner, faces write-in candidate Micaela Wichman and two no-party affiliation candidates: Leonard L. Serratore and CanesteSucce.

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Mack Bernard for County Commission, District 7