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Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018 12:30 am

   This week, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter, (D) will file to seek the Democratic nomination for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Mayor Porter will also create a political committee called Friends of Jeff Porter.

He will kick off his campaign in Miami-Dade County in February and then continue with stops in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee. He will base his campaign in Broward County, which is home to the largest Democratic voter bloc in Florida.

   Mayor Porter was elected to his third term as Homestead’s Mayor in 2017. He had previously been elected Vice-Mayor and served on the City Council for ten years in Miami-Dade County’s fifth largest city.

   Mayor Porter currently serves on many boards including Florida’s Municipal Electric Association, The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County League of Cities, and the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization.

   In a statement to the SDNL, Mayor Porter said, “I will be ‘resigning-to-run’ because I feel that for too long South Florida Democrats and No Party Affiliated voters have not been represented well in Tallahassee under the one-party rule of the Republicans for the last twenty years. Homestead is one of the leading agriculture cities in Miami-Dade County which is second only to Palm Beach County in agricultural products sold in Florida. I have worked with both farm laborers and growers during many tough times including floods, hurricanes, frost warnings, and fruit fly infestation. I am encouraged by the support that has been pledged to me by many community leaders for my run for Commissioner of Agriculture and we will unveil our leadership team during the announcement tour.” 

  Throughout Mayor Porter’s 2017 reelection campaign, he ran on a "promises made - promises kept" platform. Mayor Porter noted, “As Mayor, we have never raised taxes, yet I oversaw a revitalization of our city that many have praised for being one of the most “family friendly” cities in Florida. Property values have gone up and the crime rate has gone down.”

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