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Lesbian activist Enbar Cohen of Safe Schools South Florida elected Aventura city commissioner

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

Out lesbian Enbar Cohen will be sworn in at 7 p.m. Thursday as Aventura's newest city commissioner.

"Things worked out better than I planned," said Cohen, who won the the seat 5 race on Tuesday with 62 percent of the vote. "I'm honored and grateful and humbled."

Gay North Miami Commissioner Scott Galvin posted on Cohen's Facebook page: "She'll do a great job and joins a small handful of openly GLBT elected legislators in Dade County."

Cohen, a Conservative Jew, emigrated from Israel at age 1 with her family and they soon settled in North Miami-Dade County.

At 24, Cohen believes she is the youngest elected official in Miami-Dade County "and the first openly gay commissioner in Aventura."

She thanks the "amazing volunteers" from Pridelines Youth Services who helped in her campaign.

Cohen, who graduated from Dr. Michael M. Krop High and Barry University, will begin law school at Nova Southeastern University in August.

Until then, "my main focus is learning the process and getting in touch with residents," said Cohen, who became known through her work with Safe Schools South Florida. "That's my priority now and everything else will follow."

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Congratulations Enbar!!!

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