Meet Bernard "Bernie" Fensterwald
Hello, my name is Bernard “Bernie” Fensterwald. I live in Dunedin with my lovely wife, Beth.
Together, Beth and I raised 4 adult children and we currently have 11 wonderful grandchildren.
Each child has chosen a different path: one is a history teacher, while another is a stay at home parent. A third manages a small business. Our oldest son, Sean, is a senior firefighter with the Fairfax County, Virginia Fire Department who is also active with FEMA and is a member of the
USAR-1 rescue team that travels to disaster situations around the world.
Throughout my life, I have been blessed enough to have had extensive experience pursuing integrity and building opportunity. Immediately after receiving my law degree from Tulane University’s School of Law in 1976, I took a job with the Federal Trade Commission in
Washington D.C., where I worked on several consumer protection projects.
Since then, I have become a successful businessman co-owning a thriving self storage business with various sites in Florida and in the mid-Atlantic. For over 40 years and through hard work, we have made a good living, paid our bills, made payroll for our employees and otherwise played by the rules.
Our business has been a success because we have always viewed what we do as a
partnership between varied stakeholders: management, staff, customers, suppliers and more.
When each stakeholder succeeds, when we implement “win-win” strategies, we all succeed.
Between 1980 and 1999, I also worked as a managing partner in my own law firm in Northern Virginia. Our practice specialized in litigation under the federal Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts. Through this work, I developed a healthy understanding of the interrelationship
between the three co-equal branches of government and the relationship between that same government and the people.
In 1999, I returned to school and in 2002, I received a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Counselor Education. Afterwards, I worked as a school counselor for 2 1⁄2 years, at both the elementary and high school levels.
In 2016, I decided to run for the Florida House when I saw how much corruption was in Florida politics and the fact that his corruption almost led to the permiting of fracking in Florida.
It was only through the tireless efforts of grassroots residents coming together across party lines to fight for better communities that the 2016 fracking bill was defeated.
I decided to run for the Florida Senate because I believe that the people of Florida deserve representatives that have integrity. Representatives that will listen and act for the benefit of all people, not just special interests. I intend on building a campaign that matches the value I place on integrity by not accepting money from corporate PACs. I will work with those same local residents who beat back fracking to demonstrate the kind of leadership that will build a stronger, more inclusive, Florida.
Candidate, State Senate District 16