MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Ready, set, vote! This year’s race for U.S. Congress for South Florida representatives is a lively one.
Many political pundits say incumbents may very well hold their seats, but only you, the voter, will have the power to make that determination.
While all races are important, the race that is getting the most attention is for congressional district 27th.
Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has held the congressional seat for many years is retiring.
Ros-Lehtinen served her district for almost four decades.
This year, there will be races in South Florida’s 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th congressional districts.
Florida’s 20th congressional district includes areas around Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, the southeastern shores of Lake Okeechobee and Belle Glade.
The incumbent is Democrat Alcee Hastings, who was first elected in 1992.
If you live in the 20th congressional district, your choices are:
- Alcee Hastings, Democrat
- Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Democrat
No Republican candidates filed for this position.
Florida’s 22nd congressional district encompasses the coastline from central Broward to northern Palm Beach counties.
The incumbent is Democrat Ted Deutch, who has represented the district since January 2017.
If you live in the 22nd congressional district, your choices are:
- Ted Deutch, Democrat
- Jeff Fandl, Democrat
- Nicolas Kimaz, Republican
- Javier “Javi” Manjarres, Republican
- Eddison Walters, Republican
Florida’s 23rd congressional district stretches from Weston to the City of Miami Beach.
The incumbent is Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She was first elected to Congress in 2004.
If you live in the 23rd congressional district, your choices are:
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat
- Tim Canova, Independent
- Don Endriss, Independent
- Joseph “Joe” Kaufman, Republican
- Carlos J. Reyes, Republican
- Carla Spalding, Republican
Florida’s 24th congressional district includes an area from Miami to Miramar.
The incumbent is Democrat Frederica Wilson. She has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 2011.
If you live in the 24th district, your choices are:
- Ricardo De La Fuente, Democrat
- Frederica Wilson, Democrat
Florida’s 25th congressional district stretches from suburbs west of Miami along the northern border of The Everglades along Alligator Alley to areas east of Naples and Marco Island.
The incumbent is Republican Mario Diaz-Balart. He has represented his district since 2013.
If you live in the 25th congressional district, your choices are:
- Mary Barzee Flores, Democrat
- Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican
Florida’s 26th congressional district contains all of Monroe County and a portion of Southwest Miami-Dade County.
The incumbent is Republican Carlos Curbelo. He was elected to the House in 2014.
If you live in the 26th congressional district, your choices are:
- Carlos Curbelo, Republican
- Souraya Faas, Republican
- Demetries Andrew Grimes, Democrat
- Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Democrat
Florida’s 27th congressional district encompasses a large part of the city of Miami, all of Miami Beach, Coral Gables, West Miami, South Miami, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay, Key Biscayne, and North Bay Village.
The congressional seat for this district is held by retiring Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
If you live in the 27th congressional district, your choices are:
- Elizabeth Adadi, Republican
- Bruno Barreiro, Republican
- Angie Chirino, Republican
- Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, Democrat
- Matt Haggman, Democrat
- Michael A. Hepburn, Democrat
- Mayra Joli, Independent
- Stephen Marks, Republican
- Michael Ohevzion, Republican
- Maria Peiro, Republican
- David Richardson, Democrat
- Bettina Aguilera Rodriguez, Republican
- Maria Elvira Salazar, Republican
- Donna Shalala, Democrat
- Gina Sosa, Republican
The US is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000.
Each district elects a representative to the U.S. House of Representatives for a two-year term.
HOW TO VOTE
There are three ways to cast your ballot.
Early voting, vote-by-mail ballot and in person on Election Day.
If you are planning to vote early, click the links below to find the list of open early voting locations.
Early voting ends in both counties on Sunday August 26.
The primary is Tuesday August 28.
It’s best to know who you are going to vote for before you fill out your ballot, so why not give the ballot a once over before you head to the polls.
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