RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MIAMI-DADE COUNTY VOTERS

Related: Broward County recommendations

Related: Palm Beach County recommendations

US Senator:                                                                        Bill Nelson (11)

District 23:                                                                           Debbie Wasserman Schultz (13)

District 26:                                                                           Debbie Mucarsel-Powell  (19)

District 27:                                                                           Donna Shalala    (21)

Governor:                                                                           Andrew D. Gillum/Chris King       (24)

 

Attorney General:                                                           Sean Michael Shaw  (31)

Chief Financial Officer:                                                   Jeremy Ring (34)

Commissioner of Agriculture:                                     Nikki Fried (36)

State Senator (D36):                                                       David Perez (38)

State Senator (D40):                                                       Annette Taddeo (41)

State House (D96):                                                          Kristin Jacobs

State House (D103):                                                        Cindy Polo (43)

State House (D105):                                                        Javier Estevez (45)

State House (D108):                                                        Dotie Joseph (46)

State House (D111):                                                        Rizwan Ahmed (49)

State House (D112):                                                        Nicholas Duran (51)

State House (D113):                                                        Michael Grieco (53)

State House (D114):                                                        Javier Fernandez (55)

 State House (D115):                                                        Jeffrey Solomon

 State House (D116):                                                        James Harden (59)

 State House (D 118):                                                       Robert Asencio (61)

 State House (D119):                                                        Heather Rassner (63)

 State House (D120):                                                        Steve Friedman (66)

 JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT

 Retain Justice Alan Lawson                                          YES (67)

 DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

 Retain Judge Kevin Emas                                              YES (70)

Retain Judge Ivan Fernandez                                      YES (72)

Retain Judge Norma Shephard Lindsey                                  YES (74)

Retain Judge Robert Luck                                             YES (76)

 CIRCUIT JUDGE

Group 14:                                                                            Renee Gordon (79)

FL CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS (Must pass by 60% statewide vote to be ratified)

YES on 3, 4, 9, 13

NO on others

 

 

#1:  Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption – Increases the amount of a home’s value exempted from property tax (Will force local governments to cut public services or raise local taxes)………………………………………NO

 

#2: Limitations on Property Tax Assessments – Makes the cap on non-homestead (2nd homes and commercial) property assessment increases permanent (Will continue to limit resources available for public services; Three South Florida property appraisers support the amendment and say a Yes vote will avert a sudden and largely unexpected tax crisis for more than 530,000 residential and business property owners in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties)……………………….YES

 

#3 – Voter Control of Gambling in Florida – Requires voter approval of casino gambling (Removes authority to expand gambling from the legislature and returns it to voters)……………. YES

 

#4 – Voting Restoration Amendment  – Restores right to vote for most people with felony convictions upon completion of sentences (Gives 1.5 million Floridians the right to vote after paying their debt to society)…………………………………..YES

 

#5 – Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees – Requires 2/3 vote of legislature to impose or increase tax or fee (Will tie the hands of future legislatures making it nearly impossible to address budget needs, such as teacher raises and natural catastrophes)………..NO

 

#6 – Rights of Crime Victims; Judges (multiple questions) – Adds a Marsy’s Law (victims’ rights) to state constitution, increases judicial retirement age; prohibits judges from deferring to admin agencies to interpret law (Victims’ rights already protected in the Constitution; Eliminates an existing provision that protects the constitutional rights of the accused)………………………………………………………..NO

 

#7 – First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities – Requires death benefits for first responders and military members, a supermajority vote for college fees, and adds state college system structure to constitution (3/4 majority vote to increase fees makes it very difficult to meet university needs) …………………………………………………………………………………..NO

 

  #9 – Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces – Bans offshore oil and gas drilling and vaping in enclosed indoor workplaces (Concern for the environment overrides concern about putting vaping in the Constitution.)…………………………………………………YES

 

#10 – State and Local Government Structure and Operation – Prohibits counties from abolishing certain local offices, changes start date of legislative sessions, and adds an executive office and executive department to constitution (Takes away control granted to charter counties limiting ability to respond to local conditions) ……………………………………………………………………………………………….NO

 

#11 – Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes – Repeals some obsolete language; repeals a provision saying that changes to a criminal statute are not retroactive (Impact of criminal statute portion is unclear and disputed. Other repealed provisions are already unenforceable or expired) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….NO

 

#12 – Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers – Prohibits public officials from lobbying for compensation while in office and 6 years thereafter (Applied too broadly at local level; will not solve problems of money and influence in politics) …………………………………………………………………………….NO

 

#13 – Ends Dog Racing

Prohibits betting on dog races (Ends legal wagering on inhumane dog racing)……………………………YES

 

COUNTY REFERENDA

 

#2: Charter Amendment Relating to County Appointed Officials and Employees Running for Certain Elective Office …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….YES

 

#3:  Charter Amendment Relating to Review of Initiatory Petitions for Legal Sufficiency………….YES

 

#4:  Charter Amendment Regarding Elections for County Commissioners and Mayor……………..YES

 

#5:  Charter Amendment Prohibiting Certain Payments Circulators of Initiatory Petitions………YES

 

#6:   Charter Amendment Creating New Municipality in Northeast Miami Dade…………………….YES

 

SCHOOL BOARD REFERENDUM

 

Referendum to Approve Ad Valorem Levy for Teachers, Instructional Personnel, School Safety and Security…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….YES on 362

 

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