Jenifer Bailey, who runs Smart Start of Homestead preschool defeated incumbent pastor Jimmie Williams for council Seat 4 in Homestead. Incumbent Elvis Maldonado won over Maycol Enriquez for Seat 5. Stephen Shelley will be vice mayor.
Incumbent Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández bested two challengers in Tuesday’s municipal elections, winning nearly 80 percent of the vote. In council races Carl Zogby and incumbent Katharine “Katy” Cue Fuente won their races.
Fourteen candidates are running for mayor and two commission seats in the city of Miami elections on Nov. 7, 2017. Four charter amendments and a general obligation bond referendum are also on the ballot.
There’s little sense of dynastic entitlement, a refreshing pivot from other city of Miami races. Rather, it’s the next logical step for Francis Suarez. He has a record to run on — and it’s a solid one.
Miami commission candidate Tomas N. “Tommy” Regalado and his father, the city’s mayor, raised thousands of dollars for a political committee without filing disclosures required under a new Miami-Dade law.
Mark Samuelian, a former Republican who has donated to prominent conservative causes, is running against Democratic activist Rafael Velasquez, who voted illegally before becoming a citizen more than a decade ago.
The candidates running for office in Miami this fall will collectively spend millions on consulting, campaign events and ads ahead of election day. But their campaigns will likely live or die on voters’ doorsteps.
Tuesday’s election is hugely consequential — not just at the national level but here in South Florida as well. With the stakes so high, we all need timely and accurate information from a source we can trust.
Proponents of Amendment 1 lost a crucial supporter Friday as the union representing the state’s professional firefighters withdrew their endorsement of the utility-backed amendment and demanded that the political committee pull its television ads featuring firefighters.