Miami-Dade County Caribbean American Voters’ Guide General Elections

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY – Since 2000, a group of concerned Caribbean-Americans in South Florida, has developed Voters’ Guides to help you 1) select the better candidates who may promote the interests of Caribbean-American people in South Florida, and 2) provide guidance on constitutional ballot amendments.

We have watched various political news programs, read local and national newspapers, attended town hall meetings, and consulted with non-partisan advocacy organizations and local community leaders.

We have assessed the candidates based on their positions on a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, the economy, education, the American justice system, civil rights, healthcare, social services, affirmative action, economic opportunity among others.

Please note that none of the following recommendations should substitute for your own evaluation and research based on your own personal interests and values.

For more information, call Dr. Marcia Magnus, Caribbean American Politically Active Citizens, Founding President 954 454 7473.

See Also: Broward County Voters’ Guide or Palm Beach County Voters’ Guide


Caribbean American Voters’ Guide - Miami Dade County

2016 Miami Dade General Elections Ballot

PRESIDENT AND VP DEM: Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine

US SENATOR DEM: Patrick Murphy

US CONGRESS (D 23): DEM: D. Wasserman Schultz

US CONGRESS (D 24): DEM: Frederica Wilson

US CONGRESS (D 25): DEM: Alina Valdes

US CONGRESS (D 26): DEM: Joe Garcia

US CONGRESS (D 27): REP: Ileana Ros Lehtinen

FL State Senator (D36): REP: Rene Garcia

FL State Senator (D37): DEM: Jose Javier Rodriguez

FL State Senator (D 38): DEM: Daphne Campbell

FL State Senator (D 39): REP: Anitere Flores

FL State Senator (D 40): DEM: Dwight Bullard

State Rep (D103): DEM: I. Gonzalez Petkovich

State Rep (D105): REP: Carlos Trujillo

State Rep (D110): REP: Jose Oliva

State Rep (D111): DEM: Sevi Miyar

State Rep (D 112): DEM: Nicholas Duran

State Rep (D 113): DEM: David Richardson

State Rep (D 114): DEM: Daisy Baez

State Rep (D 115): DEM: Jeffery Doc Solomon

State Rep (D116): REP: Jose Felix Diaz

State Rep (D118): DEM: Robert Asencio

State Rep (D119): DEM: Jennifer Pinell

State Rep (D 120): DEM: Dan Horton


Justice of the Supreme Court:
Retain Justice Charles Canady YES
Retain Justice Jose Labarga YES
Retain Justice Ricky Poston YES

District Court of Appeal:
Retain Judge Edwin Scales YES
Retain Judge Linda Ann Wells YES

Circuit Judge – 11th Judicial Circuit
Group 34 Mark Blumstein
Group 52 Carol “Jodie” Breece

School Board Member (D 1): Steve Gallon III
School Board Member (D 6): Modesto ‘Mo’ Abety

Miami Dade County Mayor: Carlos Gimenez

Amendment 1 – Solar Energy: NO
A NO vote on Amendment 1 would:
• Leave in Florida statutes the right for consumers to own or lease solar-power equipment on their property to generate electricity for their own use.
• Leave open the possibility that homeowners and businesses could buy or lease solar-power equipment.
• Halt a potential constitutional barrier to new laws that would broaden the solar-power market by allowing solar companies to sell electricity directly to consumers.
• Protect existing rules that allow net metering, where utilities credit a retail rate to customers generating excess solar power that is returned to the electric grid.

Amendment 2 – Medical Marijuana: YES
A YES vote on Amendment 2 would:
• Create a constitutional right for people with specific “debilitating” conditions – such as cancer, epilepsy, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis – to use marijuana as long as a physician has certified they have one of the specified conditions.
• Require parental consent before a minor could be certified by a physician to receive medical marijuana.
• Permit caregivers to assist patients with marijuana treatments as long as that person possesses a caregiver identification card issued by the states. Caregivers must undergo a background check and are not allowed to use marijuana themselves.
• Require patients and caregivers to get a state-issued ID.
• Retain state and federal prohibitions on recreational marijuana use, as well as prohibitions on operating vehicles and boats while under the influence.
• Create “medical marijuana treatment centers” to cultivate and dispense drugs to certified patients or caregivers.
• Shield physicians from criminal or civil actions for issuing patient certifications.

Amendment 3 – Tax Exemption for Disabled First Responders: YES
Source: The Florida Legislature
A YES vote on Amendment 3 would:
• Authorize the Legislature to grant a property tax exemption on homestead property to first responders who are totally and permanently disabled from injuries sustained in the line of duty.
• Allow the Legislature to decide whether the exemption should provide full or partial relief from property taxes.
• Require a determination that the first responder’s disability was caused by his or her service in the line of duty.
• Have an undetermined impact on local property tax revenues.

Amendment 5 – Homestead exemption for low-income seniors: YES
A YES vote on Amendment 5 would:
• Ensure that low-income seniors who qualify for a city- or county-approved property tax exemption do not lose that exemption if the value of their home exceeds the $250,000 limit.
• Be retroactive to include seniors who received the exemption starting in 2013.
• Cost cities and counties that currently grant the exemption an estimated $2.3 million in fiscal year 2016-17; $500,000 in 2017-18; and eventually $1.2 million in 2020-21.


Charter Amendment on Creating Special Purpose Districts: NO
Charter Amendment Including Right to Copy Public Records In Citizen Bill of Rights:  YES

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