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Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017 5:51 pm | Updated: 10:14 am, Sat Nov 11, 2017.

   Homestead’s city election saw the defeat of one incumbent Council member and the re-election of another.

   With all twenty-two precincts reporting, Elvis Maldonado won Council Seat 5 with 60% of the vote, outpacing Maycol Enriquez 1082 to 716. 

   “This has been a lot of work that started in 2009,” said Maldonado.  “I’m happy to have another term to work on issues important for the City.”

  Incumbent Councilman Jimmie Williams fell short of his re-election goal for  Council Seat 4.  Newcomer Jenifer Bailey outdistanced Williams with 58% of the vote to his 41%.  Bailey got 1106 votes to Williams’ 785. 

Bailey, director of a local preschool, also led the October 7 primary election ballot for the seat polling 42.6% or 489 votes.  Williams, a pastor, had 28.6% or 329 votes with two additional candidates splitting an additional 329 votes.   

   “It was a great, hard-fought campaign but we kept it clean,” said Williams.  “It was a great 8 years and I’m happy to have had that time to work on issues.”

“I want to continue to work on the sickle cell program and educate the public about the disease,” he added.  “I intend to work with the community in any way I can be of help.” 

   In the race for Vice Mayor, Steve Shelley was elected with 1101 votes to Elvis Maldonado’s 736.  Shelley already won his Council seat when no one filed to run against him.

   Voter turnout was light.  Only 1891 votes were cast of 28,647 registered Homestead voters, a turnout of about 6.6%.  This is consistent statistic in recent non-residential elections.  A total of 1032 absentee ballots were presented, 360 more than were cast in the primary.   

   Mayor Jeff Porter was automatically re-elected to his third term because he was unopposed.  Porter is able to seek one additional two year term before term limits bar him from holding the Mayor’s office.

Swearing-in ceremonies for the new Council were held in City Hall Council chambers on Wednesday night, November 8.  

      

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