Read Miami Herald’s recommendations and whom the editorial board endorses for the major races on the ballots for Miami-Dade and the state of FL before the Aug. 28, 2018 primary, including senator, governor and congress.
Five candidates are running for two seats on the Islamorada Village Council in November. One incumbent candidate is vying for her seat, while two compete for a spot on the dais occupied by the mayor, who is not seeking re-election.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime is running for a third term as the District 2 county commissioner. His challenger is Dorrin Rolle, who held the seat until 2010 and has lost twice to Monestime already.
A ballot question in South Miami asks voters whether the city should make it easier to relax its zoning regulations. If approved, a single commissioner would no longer be able to block a proposed revamp of the Shops at Sunset Place mall.
Daniella Levine Cava, a former social worker and liberal voice on the Miami-Dade County Commission, has two opponents on the Aug. 28 ballot in her campaign for a second term: Gus Barreiro and Johnathan Burke.
A nonbinding measure on the Aug. 28 ballot will ask Hialeah voters if they would be willing to raise their property taxes to pay for more police officers and related expenses, especially in the schools.
Aventura residents will vote on a charter amendment that would differentiate between term limits for city commissioners and the mayor and allow term-limited commissioners to run for mayor, starting in 2022.
Miami Beach commissioners currently make $6,000 a year, but they’re asking voters to raise their salaries to $45,000 in an Aug. 28 special election. A question about the composition of the city’s Board of Adjustment is also on the ballot.
Florida voters will decide on 13 state constitutional amendments when they cast their general election ballots in November 2018. Here’s an explanation of the proposals, which include gambling, charter schools, dog racing, property taxes.
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.