MIAMI (CBSMiami)– Election day across several cities in South Florida is less than two weeks away, and a new Mayor for four cities will be announced on November 1st, but early voters are casting their votes beginning Saturday.
Early voting began Saturday for Hialeah and the City of Miami while Homestead and Miami Beach voters will head to the polls beginning next week.READ MORE: Celtics torch Heat early, even series with 102-82 blowout
Specifically, Homestead and Miami Beach’s general elections are set for November 1, along with Hialeah primary and special elections and Miami general municipal election. Notably, Hialeah’s general election and Miami Beach’s run-off election is set for November 15.
On Wednesday, four candidates vying to become Hialeah’s next mayor faced off during a debate at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.
Political newcomer George Castro, former state Senator Rudy Garcia, Mayor Carlos Hernandez and former Mayor Raul Martinez answered questions about their plans to bring business to Hialeah, and their views on gambling, and government transparency among other topics.
CBS4 I-Team Reporter Jim DeFede moderated the debate which was hosted by the Latin American Business Association. Read more here.
Running for mayor in Homestead is Steven Bateman and Steve Losner. Running for the election seats, including seat 2 is Jon Burgess and Ramiro ‘Miro’ Orta. Seat 3: Judy Waldman. Seat 6: Alejandro Andrickson and Patricia Fairclough-McCormick.
In Miami Beach, Steve Berke, Matti Herrera Bower, Dave Crystal and Laura Rivero Levey are in the mayoral race.READ MORE: Miami Beach’s Deauville Hotel, made famous by the Beatles, poised for a comeback
For more on candidates in Miami Beach, visit the city’s website.
For the City of Miami, qualified commission candidates for District 1 include Wilfredo ‘Willy’ Gort and Shawn Selleck. District 2 candidates include Williams Alfred Armbrister Sr., Kate Callahan, Donna Milo, Michelle Melin Niemeyer and Marc Sarnoff. District 4’s unopposed candidate is Francis Suarez.
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Early voting sites in Hialeah and Miami will be open from Saturday, Oct. 22 through Saturday, Oct.29th.
Click here to see a list of polling locations and times for each city.
Early voting for Miami Beach begins on Monday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Oct. 30, while early voting in Homestead is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27 to Saturday, Oct. 29.
Early voting for Hialeah’s general election begins on Thursday, November 10 to the 12th. Miami Beach’s early voting for the run-off election is schedule from Saturday, November 12 and the 13th.
Voters may request an absentee ballot for all elections they are eligible for. The ballot can be requested online or by calling 305-499-8444. For information on voting by Absentee Ballot, visit our Absentee Voting page.MORE NEWS: Property insurance changes aimed at stabilizing market
For additional information, including a sample ballot and polling place list, visit the Miami-Dade Elections Department website at www.miamidade.gov/elections or call 3-1-1.