Election Information

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The Town Council shall consist of the Mayor and Six At-Large Councilmembers, who are elected to four-year terms on a non-partisan basis. Councilmembers shall serve in seats numbered 1-6 collectively “Seats” and councilmembers shall be elected at-large. The Town of Miami Lakes holds municipal elections every four years, in even numbered years. General Elections are held in each even-numbered year on the day on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November, provided that it is the intent of the Town Charter that the Town election always be scheduled to coincide with a Countywide election.

A candidate receiving a number of votes greater than 50% of the ballots cast, such candidate shall be duly elected to the Town Council and no runoff election shall be required. If necessary, the ballot for Runoff Election shall contain the names of the two candidates that received the most votes in the general election. A Runoff Election, if necessary, shall be held 21 calendar days after the general election.  The candidate receiving the most votes in the Runoff Election shall be duly elected.

Only electors of the town who have resided continuously on the town for at least two (2) years preceding their qualifying dates shall be eligible to hold the Office of Mayor or Councilmember. Candidates shall qualify for the municipal election in the office of the Town Clerk, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Florida, 33014. The Town Clerk is the local supervisor of elections for all municipal elections.

Candidates may only file their qualifying papers with the Town Clerk during said period. Please be advised that you need to arrive at the Office of the Town Clerk with the necessary completed qualifying papers and fees in a sufficient period of time before the 12:00 pm expiration of the qualifying period, so that your qualifying papers may be timely filed with the Town Clerk – prior to the end of the qualifying period. 

2024 Special Election

Public Notice is hereby given that a Special Election has been called and ordered to be held within the Town on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 to fill the vacancy of Town Council Seat 6, as per Section 2.5(c)II of the Town Charter of the Town of Miami Lakes.

The qualifying period for this election ran from 12 p.m. noon on Monday, February 5, 2024 through 12 p.m. noon on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.


The Town of Miami Lakes will be hosting a Candidate Forum on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. for the upcoming April 9 Special Election for Seat 6 to the Town Council. The Candidate Forum will be moderated by Former Mayor of Miami-Dade County Alex Penelas.

Members of the community wishing to submit questions directly to the moderator may do so via email to candidateforum@miamilakes-fl.gov. Questions submitted will be received exclusively by the Moderator of the event, Mr. Alex Penelas. Residents are invited to attend live or watch online at www.miamilakes-fl.gov or via YouTube at youtube.com/@MiamiLakesFL.

2024 Municipal Election

The Miami Lakes Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2024. Candidates shall qualify for the 2024 Municipal Election in the Office of the Town Clerk, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes.

Qualifying period starts at 12:00 noon on Monday, July 29, 2024 and ends at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 7, 2024. Please be advised that you need to arrive at the Office of the Town Clerk with the necessary completed qualifying papers and fees in a sufficient period of time BEFORE the 12:00 pm expiration of the qualifying period, so that your qualifying papers may be timely filed with the Town Clerk – prior to the end of the qualifying period.

To qualify, kindly schedule an appointment with the Town Clerk by calling (305) 364-6100 or emailing inguanzog@miamilakes-fl.gov.

To have access to the filing documents, please visit the Qualifying Information & Qualifying Handbook tabs.

Qualifying Information

To become a candidate, the following documents must be filed with the Town of Miami Lakes Town Clerk PRIOR to opening a campaign account, receiving contributions, or making any expenditures:

Form DS-DE 9 must be filed with the Town Clerk, prior to opening the campaign account. The original form must be hand-delivered to the Office of the Town Clerk.
A candidate may be his/her own campaign treasurer or deputy treasurer but anyone designated to be a campaign treasurer or deputy treasurer must also be a registered voter of the State of Florida. Only the campaign treasurer or the deputy campaign treasurer may sign campaign expenditure checks.
Open a campaign account at a bank authorized to do business in the State of Florida. This account must be separate from any personal or business accounts. The bank should provide you with deposit slips and checks indicating it is a campaign account.

Form DS-DE 84 should be filed with the Town Clerk within ten (10) days of filing Form DS-DE 9.


Only AFTER filing the above forms with the Town Clerk, the candidate may then open a campaign account and begin to accept contributions and make expenditures.

Election History

2013 Special Elections

Special Election 2013 Results Summary

Special Election 2013 Results by Precinct

2013 Election Candidates/Campaign Reports

Mayor
David BennettPDF
Luis EspinosaPDF
Nelson HernandezPDF
Edwin RomeroPDF
Wayne SlatonPDF
Councilmember – Seat 4
Lorenzo CobiellaPDF
Frank MingoPDF
Star RodriguezPDF

Political Action Committees
Citizens for Ethical and Effective LeadershipPDF
Tell the Public the Facts Inc.PDF

2012 Elections

Miami Lakes 2012 Official Election Results

2012 Election Qualifying Book

Council Member District Map

2012 Election Candidates/Campaign Reports

Mayor
Michael PizziPDF
Wayne SlatonPDF
Residential Councilmember – Seat 1
David BennettPDF
Nelson RodriguezPDF
Residential Councilmember – Seat 3
Richard PulidoPDF
Tony LamaPDF
Residential Councilmember – Seat 5
Manny CidPDF
Mary CollinsPDF

Election Resources