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CAPAC Miami-Dade County Caribbean American Voters’ Guide

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The Caribbean American Politically Active Citizens (CAPAC) group in South Florida has provided a voters’ guide designed to help Caribbean-Americans in the region choose candidates who may promote their interests. The group also provides guidance on constitutional ballot amendments. The group says that it has watched news programs, read local and national newspapers, and attended town hall meetings, as well as met with non-partisan advocacy organizations and local community leaders, in order to make its determinations. Candidates are assessed according to their positions on the issues, including education, the economy, civil rights, the US justice system, health care, social services, affirmative action, and economic opportunity, among others. None of the recommendations contained in the Voters’ Guide are meant as substitutes for the personal evaluations and research of individual voters that reflect their own values and interests. For additional information, please contact Dr. Marcia Magnus, Caribbean American Politically Active Citizens, Founding President 954 454 7473.

2016 MIAMI GENERAL ELECTIONS  BALLOT 

PRESIDENT AND VP: DEM:  Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine

US SENATOR (6 YEARS): DEM:  Patrick Murphy

US CONGRESS (D 23): DEM: Debbie 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:  Ivette 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

 

NON-PARTISAN OFFICES

CLERK OF THE COURT                      Harvey Ruvin

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
Circuit Judge – 11th Judicial Circuit (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

2016 Florida Constitutional Ballot Amendments

Four state Constitution amendment initiatives are on the November 8 ballot:

  • Solar power
  • Medical marijuana
  • Homestead exemption CS/HJR 1009 for first responders who were disabled in the line of duty
  • Homestead exemption CS/HJR 275 that would lock in place the value of a home belonging to a senior citizen who is eligible for a property tax break.

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.

COUNTY QUESTIONS 

Charter Amendment on Creating Special Purpose Districts      NO 

Charter Amendment Including Right to Copy Public Records

In Citizen Bill of Rights                                 YES 

OTHER CITIES IN MIAMI DADE MAY ALSO HAVE SPECIFIC OR REGULAR ELECTIONS NOT ON THE GENERAL BALLOT – Go here:  http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/sample-ballots.asp

  • Aventura General and Special
  • Bal Harbour Regular
  • Biscayne Park General
  • Coral Gables Special Elections
  • Cutler Bay General Election
  • Doral General Election
  • El Portal General Election
  • Homestead Special Election
  • Key Biscayne Municipal Election
  • Medley General Election
  • Miami Beach Special Elections
  • Miami Gardens Run-Off Election
  • Miami Lakes General Election
  • Miami Special Elections
  • North Bay Village General and Special Elections
  • North Miami Beach Special Election
  • Opa-locka General Election
  • Palmetto Bay General and Special Elections
  • Pinecrest General Election
  • South Miami Special Elections
  • Sunny Isles Beach General Election

 

 

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