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Aventura commission candidates become school district colleagues

The Miami-Dade School Board on Wednesday approved the selection of a new director of media and public relations, but not before a little head-scratching.

The reason: Denise Landman, hired to an unadvertised position, is running for public office in the city of Aventura – as is the district’s Chief Human Capital Officer, Enid Weisman.

At least one school board member received an anonymous phone call about the political connection. But the candidates, who met years ago when Weisman was principal at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High and Landman was a student at the school, say it’s coincidence.

“I didn’t know she was chief of human resources. So when I finally saw her during interviews, it was like ‘Oh, wow,’” said Landman, who is running for city commission seat 2.

Landman currently handles public information for the consortium completing the PortMiami tunnel. She said she applied for the schools position of chief communications officer after meeting the superintendent’s cabinet during a July tour of the tunnel.

“We liked her but not for that position,” said Weisman, who is running for mayor.

Weisman said Landman’s salary starts at $75,669. Should both be elected, they wouldn’t necessarily continue to be co-workers as well, as Weisman has said she’d consider retiring.