DORAL (CBS4) – Miami-Dade voters who have not cast their ballots already will head to the polls on Tuesday to make their selection as to who they would like to see be the county’s next mayor.
In his campaign, mayoral candidate and former county commissioner Carlos Gimenez said one of the first things he would do as mayor to help balance the budget would be to eliminate the tax increases passed before former mayor Carlos Alvarez was recalled from office. Gimenez also vowed to cut the mayor’s position salary and benefits by 50 percent and reduce the size of the mayor’s office.
“Our government is just too big and too expensive. Taxpayers want and deserve a government we can afford,” said Gimenez.
His opponent, former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, said if elected he plans to break with the way things have been done in the past.
“Our message of reform, fiscal responsibility and taking this county in a new direction is being heard loud and clear,” said Robaina. “We feel the power of the people who want to take this county in a new direction.”
During the early voting period last week the Miami-Dade Elections Department said a total of 36,691 voters cast their ballots at select polling locations. Additionally, of the 127,271 absentee ballots mailed out, 77,155 had been returned. Voter have until the close of polls Tuesday to return an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots may still be requested from the Miami-Dade Elections Department.
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Voters planning to cast their ballots on Tuesday should go to their own neighborhood polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Voters at some Miami Beach precincts will find a note when they arrive at their usual polling place, directing them to a new location, as some precincts have been moved because childrens’ summer programs underway there.
You can get complete information about the changes, find out about the candidates, get sample ballots and more by visiting the CBSMiami Special Elections page, which will also have the fastest results on election day.