Miami-Dade County August 2020 Voter Guide

 

This year, Miami-Dade County Mayor’s office and many Miami-Dade County Commission seats will see new faces, since many incumbents (those currently in office) are now term-limited and can’t run again for the same position. This means it’s more important than even for the people of Miami-Dade County to get involved in the process of selecting our representation serving in county government! 

We’re here to share our Miami-Dade County August 2020 Voter Guide to give you a quick rundown on what these positions do, why these elected officials make a huge difference in our lives, who is running, and what they have to say about some of the issues that matter most: affordable housing, policing and jails, climate justice, democracy done right, and transit that works for everyone

If you’re not eligible to vote, this voter guide is still for you! You can educate your friends and family who are able to vote, volunteer for campaigns and organizations, and help drive turnout in August and November to make change in our county, state, and country.

Pro Tip: We do deep dives into the Mayoral and County Commission positions below, but there are other important elections happening, including State Attorney, School Board, State Senator, State Representative and more, so definitely check out your sample ballot so you know exactly what to expect when you cast your vote this August. 

Below are candidate responses organized both by issue and by individual candidates. Please not that only candidates who had fundraised over $1,000 by June 1, 2020 were invited to participate. Please check your sample ballot for all candidates in the running! Candidates below are listed in alphabetical order.

Happy Voting!

Our Candidate Questionnaire

Democracy: Having a local government that is responsive to residents and gives everyone an equal voice is crucial for democracy. What specific policy changes would you pursue to expand civic participation and reduce the influence of special interests?

Affordable Housing: An analysis by Apartment List shows 62.7% of renters in Miami are cost-burdened, the highest percentage of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. Why do you think this is and what are the most important steps you’ll take to address this problem?

Climate Justice: Climate change is a massive challenge to Miami and is particularly harmful to under-resourced communities. What are your plans to make us more resilient and sustainable? How will you ensure all communities have access to resources to adapt and thrive?

Safe Communities: The County spends over $1 billion dollars of the budget on police and corrections. How do you weigh this against making investments in communities to tackle issues such as homelessness, education, and public health?

Transit: Given the lack of reliable and easily accessible public transportation, what are your plans to expand public transportation options for constituents?

 

August 2020 Voter Guide: Candidates and Issues

 

Miami-Dade County Mayoral Voter Guide

By Individual Candidate:

Candidates who did not respond include: Esteban ‘Steve’ Bovo and Ludmilla Domond

Commission District 1 Voter Guide  

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Commission District 3 Voter Guide

By Individual Candidate:

Candidates who did not respond include: Eddie Lewis

Commission District 5 Voter Guide

By Individual Candidate:

Candidates who did not respond include: Renier Diaz de la Portilla

Commission District 7 Voter Guide

By Individual Candidate:

Candidates who did not respond include: Rafael ‘Ralph’ Suarez

Commission District 9 Voter Guide

By Individual Candidate:

Candidates who did not respond include: Mark Coats and Kionne McGhee

Commission District 11 Voter Guide

By Individual Candidate:

Candidates who did not respond include: Joe Martinez

Commission District 13 Voter Guide

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Miami-Dade County Mayor

The County Mayor is the chief executive office of the county.The mayoral race is a nonpartisan one, which means the candidate is not officially affiliated with a political party. Elections happen every four years, and the Mayor can serve a maximum of two terms (a total of eight years).  Major mayoral powers include:

  • Enforcing the policies the county commission adopts
  • Overseeing everyday operations of Miami-Dade County Government
  • Appointing heads of administrative departments and managing them
  • Vetoing decisions made by the county commission 
  • Preparing a budget proposal for the next fiscal year
  • Making emergency management decisions, such as whether to issue a stay-at-home order
  • Serves as County Sheriff, or head of the MDPD, but historically has picked someone to carry out this role

 

Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (BCC)

The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) is the legislative, or lawmaking, body of Miami-Dade County. The BCC has one member from each from 13 different districts, together representing Florida’s most populous county, with over 2.7 million residents. The county commissioner races are nonpartisan, so everyone can participate in these primaries, regardless of party affiliation. Elections for County Commissioner happen every two years, alternating even-numbered districts and odd-numbered districts, and the commissioners can serve a maximum of two terms (a total of eight years). This year only odd-numbered districts (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13) have elections. Find your district using this map. Major BCC powers include:

  • Making plans for how public land is used
  • Setting laws for public transportation and your utilities
  • Establishing public health and safety policies
  • Setting policies for housing and social services programs
  • Deciding how the county budget is spent