Election News: Medley & Miami Gardens – What You Need to Know!

Election News in Medley & Miami Gardens

Information on Medley Elections

In the small industrial town of Medley, three candidates currently compete for two open seats on Medley’s Town Council. These three candidates include an incumbent, all vying for the two available seats. Edgar Ayala has served as a councilmember since 2012 and is currently running for reelection. The other open seat belongs to councilman Jack Morrow, who is not electing to run again. 

Medley additionally has no political districts. This means that the two candidates who receive the most votes in any Medley Elections win the seats. Their elections remain nonpartisan. Nonetheless, the winning candidates serve four-year terms, earning an annual salary of $53,202.18.

Medley earns the majority of its revenue through commercial taxes. This enables the town to utilize these funds to provide social services like meals for the elderly. This demographic comprises about 30 percent of the total population in Medley.

Elected town officials must balance catering to a business community while also serving the small number of residential individuals who live there. The business taxes go to a large share of residential benefits in the community.

The Medley General Election is taking place on August 5th, 2020. The candidate qualifying dates are between July 7th, 2020, and August 5th, 2020. Residents in Medley can cast their vote for the following candidates:

  • Edgar Ayala
  • Karina Pacheco
  • Lily Stefano

With an election win for Karina Pacheco, this would make Florida history as the first-known spouses to serve simultaneously on the same council or commission.

Information on Miami Gardens Elections

The Office of the City Clerk in Miami Gardens serves as the Supervisor of Miami Gardens Elections. Miami Gardens holds elections on each even-numbered year on the same day as the Florida State Primary Election. When necessary, Miami Gardens will additionally hold a runoff election on the Florida State General Election.

The Mayor, as well as every city council member, will take office for four-year terms. The Mayor and Council members will receive election at-large, while four council members receive election based on the residential area.

The 2020 Miami Gardens Elections will take place on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 to determine the city’s:

  • Mayor
  • Council Member Residential Seat 1
  • Council Member Residential Seat 3
  • Council Member At-Large Seat 5

Every candidate in Miami Gardens must represent a qualified election, in addition to meeting the requirements outlined by the Miami Gardens City Charter and Code of Ordinances.

Announced Miami Gardens Candidates

The following candidates filed their Statement of Candidacy and Appointment of Campaign Treasurer/Depository with the City Clerk’s Office:

Mayoral Seat

  • Oscar Braynon, II
  • Lisa C. Davis
  • Lavern Deer
  • Sharon Pritchett

Residential Seat I

  • Elvis Caines
  • Shannon Campbell
  • Myles Houston
  • Charlyn Mayorga
  • Nathanial Miller
  • Robert Stephens

Residential Seat 3

  • Shannon Ighodaro
  • Patricia Wright

At-Large Seat 5

  • Raymond Carvil
  • Linda Julien
  • Arbie Nickerson
  • Francis Ragoo
  • Phyllis W. Simpkins
  • Andre Williams

Learn More About Miami Gardens Elections and Medley Elections from Reach Voters

Miami Gardens ElectionsThe August 30th Miami Gardens Elections feature 11 candidates all competing for Mayor and seats on the City Council. Early voting is currently underway and continues until August 28th, 2020. Similarly, the Medley Elections on August 5th, 2020 will determine two candidates for two available seats including one incumbent.

Informed voting is the best way for residents to have their voices heard on important issues in the community. To learn more about elections in the Miami-Dade area, contact Reach Voters today!

  1.  “City Clerk’s Office | Miami Gardens, FL.” https://www.miamigardens-fl.gov/160/City-Clerks-Office. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.
  2.  “Florida elections, 2020 – Ballotpedia.” https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_elections,_2020. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.
  3.  “DS-DE 83.” https://dos.myflorida.com/media/693281/dsde83.pdf. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.
  4.  “Form DS-DE 9 – Florida Department of State.” https://dos.myflorida.com/media/693631/dsde9.pdf. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.


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