City of Hialeah Election

Your secret ballot means it's all yours to decide, but hopefully this local, nonprofit-prepared info help you feel confident in voting! 

On November 7th, 2017 Hialeah will hold its primary election to elect a mayor and two council members. Both council member positions are elected city-wide. At the same time voters will be asked to weigh in on two proposals- one to amend the Hialeah city charter and another to approve the sale of city land. The general election will occur on November 21st. 

Find more info on how to vote and the candidates and proposal below. 


There are three ways you can vote in the city of Hialeah election:

You can find your customized sample ballot by typing in your information on the Supervisor of Election's website here

Early Vote:

Hialeah voters can vote early at the John F. Kennedy Library (190 W. 49th Street, Hialeah) from Monday 10/30 through Sunday 11/5 at the following hours:

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Vote By Mail:

All voters can request a vote by mail ballot until Wednesday, November 1st at 5:00 pm. You can submit a request by going to the Supervisor of Election's website and entering your voter information and scrolling down to request a vote by mail ballot. 

Vote by mail ballots can be mailed back or dropped off at the Supervisor of Elections office (2700 NW 87 Avenue, Miami). Your ballot must be received by 7 pm on election day. You can track the status of your ballot at the Supervisor of Election's website in the same spot you requested a vote by mail ballot.  

Additional information and questions about early voting may be answered at the Supervisor of Election's vote by mail page

Election Day:

On election day you must vote at your assigned polling location. You can find your polling location by entering your information on the Supervisor of Election's website and scrolling down under "Future Elections." Precincts are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. 


When voting in-person, whether early voting or on Election Day, you must bring a current and valid identification that contains your name, photograph and signature. You can also combine two forms of ID that together have your name, photograph, and signature.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Florida Driver's License
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • United States Passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Public assistance identification
  • Neighborhood Association identification
  • Florida concealed-weapon licenses
  • Veteran Health Identification Cards issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Government issued employee identification


All Hialeah voters will vote for mayor and two city council members. Additionally voters will be asked to weigh in on two proposals. 


Tania Garcia

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  • Issues On Website:
    • More Police = Less Crimes
    • Balance City Budget
    • Stop Privatizing City Depts.
    • Open City Council Meetings on Channel 77
    • Add Remote Participation

Carlos Hernandez (incumbent)

  • Biography: Carlos Hernandez was born in 1961 in Camaguey, Cuba. He grew up in Hialeah, playing in the City's parks and studying in its public schools. He graduated from Saint Thomas University with a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership. Before being elected to public office, Mayor Hernandez served the community as a police officer in the Hialeah Police Department for over twenty-two years.  He retired as the Commander of the Sector 4 Sub-station. Mayor Hernandez has served the City of Hialeah as a Council Member since 2005.  He was elected by his peers on the City Council in 2007 to serve as Council Vice President and in 2009 to serve as Council President, a leadership position he held until he was appointed Mayor of the City of Hialeah on May 23, 2011. On November 15, 2011 Carlos Hernandez was elected by the citizens of Hialeah to continue serving as their Mayor. Carlos Hernandez was re-elected as Mayor of the City of Hialeah on November 5, 2013. Mayor Hernandez lives with his wife Nancy, and their children, Kayla and Hunter.
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Juan Santana

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  • Issues On Website: "My friend Juan Santana is running for mayor of Hialeah, and he's running on three extremely good basis. Juan Santana's basis are Common sense public service, Government accountability, and Transparency in government. Juan Santana has lived in Hialeah for 30 years, his whole life, and he's tired of all the corruption in his city. Every elected official we've had in Hialeah has done nothing but destroy this city from the inside out. Juan Santana wants to make a difference in Hialeah, he's tired of all the abuse that's going on with those in power. Juan Santana believes in the voice of the people, he supports equal rights, and believes in small businesses. Juan feels that a majority of these small businesses is how Hialeah got started, so why do the elected officials of this city have a right to come in and try to destroy them? Ask yourself Hialeah, don't you think we need some government accountability? Our government has forgotten that they are here to serve us, not for us to serve them. They're supposed to be the voice of the people, but they never do anything to better the people of our city. Juan Santana knows personally how abusive Hialeah can be, him and his family have been dealing with abuse from our elected officials for as long as he can remember. They even harass his elderly grandmother. Our current mayor and council members don't care about us, the people, all they care about is what's going to better them. Juan Santana thinks that's quite unfair. Hialeah, your voice deserves to be heard! Juan Santana is a man of the people and wants to make a difference in this city! In our community! We need supporters, in numbers there is strength. So Hialeah let's all make a stand and take our city back! Juan wants to make Hialeah, a city of progress again, lets help him make it happen!"

Council Member- Group 5

Ernesto Avila

Angel Omar Fajardo

  • Platform: "I love the city of Hialeah! It’s where I have lived my entire adult life, where I have raised my three children, and where I plan to work hard and dedicate myself to make improvements everywhere I can. I am extremely saddened by the deterioration of some of our neighborhoods, the corruption in our low-income housing programs, and the lack of focus on Hialeah’s youth. For these reasons I have chosen to run for Hialeah City Council this November. I have a strong agenda that includes strengthening the police force and focusing on crime. I plan on creating more opportunity and providing incentives for business creation to boost the local economy, and addressing the issues that first encouraged me to run for council. I want to make a difference for you and for the future of Hialeah, our youth."

Juan Carlos Santana

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Carl Zogby

Council Member- Group 7

Katharine "Katy" Cue Fuente (Incumbent)

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Rafael Gomez

Issues Shared: Because I am the only candidate who is not taking corporate money and therefore I owe nothing to these special interest groups. I have a platform that is in the interest of the city residents only not the interest of big donors and corporations. I have been a public servant and labor leader for close to 30 years and proven my honesty and commitment to my community. I am retired and able to provide full time service to the people of the City.  My goal is to be the voice in City Hall of the always ignored citizens of Hialeah. To be the dissenting voice in the instances where bad policy that negatively affects the residents of the city is presented for a vote. A voice that also agrees with good policy that would benefit our residents. 

My platform is as follows:

  • Establish a Family Clinic for residents without health insurance
  • Raise minimum wage in the City to $12 per hour
  • Build additional parks, and other green areas in the City
  • Hire more Police Officers and Firefighters.


Sale of city owned vacant and unimproved lands, not presently used as a park

  • "Shall the City of Hialeah Charter be amended to allow the City to sell by a vote of at least 5 Councilmembers, city owned vacant and unimproved land, not presently used as a park, and for which the Council determines there is no future need for use as a park or any other public use?"
    • A yes vote would allow the city to sell vacant land that meets the requirements above by a vote of at least 5 council members rather than requiring a vote by voters to sell

Sale of improved real property owned by the City located at 601 West 20th Street

  • Shall the electorate allow the City of Hialeah to sell real property improved with a warehouse, approximately 28,916 square feet in size, located at 601 West 20th Street, identified by folio number 04-3013-034-0110, on or after December 9, 2019, as the future sale shall relieve the City from the costs of repairs and maintenance on the property?"
    • A yes vote would authorizes the city to sell the property listed above'

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