City of Homestead 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 Homestead will hold its general election to elect a vice-mayor. Voters in the Southwest District (Seat #4) and the Waterstone District (Seat #5) will also each vote to elect a council member. 

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

WAYS TO VOTE

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

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

Early Vote:

Homestead voters can vote early at the William F. “Bill” Dickinson Community Center (1601 North Krome Avenue, Homestead) from Thursday, November 2nd through Saturday, November 4th during the following times: 

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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. 

REQUIRED ID

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

ON THE BALLOT

All Homestead voters will vote for vice mayor, which is the person that both receives the most votes AND has been elected separately as a city council member. Voters in the Southwest District (Seat #4) and the Waterstone District (Seat #5) will also each vote to elect a council member. To see if you live in either of those districts check out this map

Vice Mayor 

In Homestead the vice mayor must also be a city council member. Elvis Maldonado is running for re-election to the city council, while Stephen Shelley was previously re-elected without opposition. If Elvis Maldonado is not re-elected as a city council member then Stephen Shelley will be the only eligible candidate for vice mayor remaining. If Elvis Maldonado is re-elected then whoever receives the most votes for vice mayor will be elected. 

Elvis Maldonado

  • Biography: "I am Elvis Maldonado. I am a proud father of two beautiful daughters, Alissa, 12 and Julissa, 14 who both attend Everglades Preparatory Academy right here in our great City of Homestead. Some of you may know that my wife of 14 years, Lissette, passed away in April, 2012. Lissette was diagnosed with cancer immediately after I was elected to serve on the City of Homestead Council. While I was celebrating one of the proudest moments in my life, I was faced with the most challenging one. Despite the difficulties I faced with taking care of my wife and my young daughters, I continued to run my own small business in Homestead and carry on the duties of Councilman. After this long, hard, stress-filled ordeal of coping with Lissette’s illness and death and taking care of my girls, I am still working my way through the aftermath but I realize the importance of continuing the good work I started in the community. I made a promise to keep Lissette’s memory alive by being an advocate and supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. I have served as the Relay’s Advocacy Chair for the past two years and had the honor and privilege of serving as the 2013 Honorary Chair for the Relay for Life of Homestead and Florida City. My grassroots are in Homestead as I grew up playing baseball at Homestead Little League, attended school here (Campbell Drive Elementary, Campbell Drive Middle School and Southridge Senior High) and survived the infamous Hurricane Andrew. I become a youth counselor at Aspira South Charter School while working alongside the City of Homestead Police Drug and Gang Prevention Division. In 1993 I graduated from Florida Computer College in Information Technology and Network Engineering. I continue to actively give back to Homestead as I previously served as President of Malibu Bay Master for five years. In 2007 our family business, ErTechs/Laptop Zone was opened for the Homestead community providing Information Technology Consulting Services. In addition, I was involved in the Community District Development of Homestead as a member and chairperson from 2007-2009 and I graduated from the Citizens’ Academy of Homestead in 2007. I belong to local PTA’s (Parent Teacher Associations), PTO’s (Parent Teacher Organizations) and EESAC committees (Educational Excellence School Advisory Council). This summer I will be a volunteer coach in a volunteer-led Soccer League."
  • Website (for city council): 

Stephen Shelley

  • Biography: "Stephen R. Shelley was elected in November of 2013 to a two-year term as Vice-Mayor as well as a four year term to represent Council Seat #1, which includes the city's northwest district. He was first elected to the Homestead City Council in 2009. Prior to running for City Council, Vice-Mayor Shelley was a member of the City of Homestead's Planning and Zoning Board from 2005 through 2009. He was appointed to be the Vice Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board in 2009. He has been a resident of Homestead since 2004. He was born in Athens, Ga., but spent most of his youth on the west coast of Florida, growing up in Largo. He married his wife, Jenn, in October of 2009, and had his first son, Jackson, in July of 2014. he is an avid outdoorsman who loves to fish, camp and photograph nature. In August 2006, he opened his own law practice in Downtown Homestead, the Law Office of Stephen R. Shelley, PLLC. In January 2012, he started his own fine art photography business in Homestead, Stephen Shelley Photography, focusing on Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, the Florida Keys, Big Cypress National Preserve and South Florida. In 2011, he was named one of the “40 under 40” attorneys in Miami-Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was honored at their annual black-tie gala in Coral Gables. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the University of Florida and a law degree from Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, completing his last year of legal studies at the University of Miami. He sits on the board of directors and is the treasurer of the Youth Fishing Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) organization. He is also the chairman of the St. Johns School Board; a member of the Rotary Club of Homestead; a member of the Military Affairs Committee; and is Vice Chairman of the Florida National Parks Association; the official non-profit arm of the National Park Service for Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and Dry Tortugas National Park. He is also a member of the Homestead / Florida City Chamber of Commerce, in addition to donating his time and pro bono legal services to other nonprofits throughout Homestead and South Dade.
  • Website

Council Member- Seat 4

Jenifer Bailey

Jimmie Lee Williams III

  • No election website found 

Council Member- Seat 5 

Maycol Enriquez

  • Biography: "Born in 1973. Born Again April 2001. Youngest of three siblings. Proud to have served as an engineer in United States Army Reserve. Married for 19 years to his high school sweetheart - Father to one daughter. Currently employed as an administrator for Miami Dade County Public Schools 4th largest school district in the United States which employees approximately 42,000 people and proudly serves approximately 350,000 students (Your Children). Over two decades of management experience with several companies both in the private and public sector. 14 Year Homestead Resident. Avid Race Fan. Dedicated to Public Service. I have the qualifications and the experience to fulfill my duties as your city council representative."
  • Website
  • Issues On Website: "I will not start by making empty promises, we all know that jobs, safety, a balanced budget, better services and lower taxes are important, so I am not going to ramble on those issues. My promises are the following, I will work together with city council and city officials to ensure that the resident's interest are better aligned with city policies. Provide city employees with the tools to better perform their respectful positions and a good work environment which allows employees to grow within the city. I will always support a Larger Police Force ensuring all districts within our city receive the adequate police presence. I do not believe that any community should have to subsidize police presence out of their budgets. I will always vote in a sensible way and never put outside interest above our community's needs. It is impossible for one person to know it all, that is why I am counting on you, the residents and employees of this great city to voice your ideas and concerns. A good leader always listens to the people around him in order to make sound decisions. If Elected, I pray that GOD may grant me wisdom to make decisions and best serve (YOU) the community."

Elvis Maldonado

  • Biography: "I am Elvis Maldonado. I am a proud father of two beautiful daughters, Alissa, 12 and Julissa, 14 who both attend Everglades Preparatory Academy right here in our great City of Homestead. Some of you may know that my wife of 14 years, Lissette, passed away in April, 2012. Lissette was diagnosed with cancer immediately after I was elected to serve on the City of Homestead Council. While I was celebrating one of the proudest moments in my life, I was faced with the most challenging one. Despite the difficulties I faced with taking care of my wife and my young daughters, I continued to run my own small business in Homestead and carry on the duties of Councilman. After this long, hard, stress-filled ordeal of coping with Lissette’s illness and death and taking care of my girls, I am still working my way through the aftermath but I realize the importance of continuing the good work I started in the community. I made a promise to keep Lissette’s memory alive by being an advocate and supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. I have served as the Relay’s Advocacy Chair for the past two years and had the honor and privilege of serving as the 2013 Honorary Chair for the Relay for Life of Homestead and Florida City. My grassroots are in Homestead as I grew up playing baseball at Homestead Little League, attended school here (Campbell Drive Elementary, Campbell Drive Middle School and Southridge Senior High) and survived the infamous Hurricane Andrew. I become a youth counselor at Aspira South Charter School while working alongside the City of Homestead Police Drug and Gang Prevention Division. In 1993 I graduated from Florida Computer College in Information Technology and Network Engineering. I continue to actively give back to Homestead as I previously served as President of Malibu Bay Master for five years. In 2007 our family business, ErTechs/Laptop Zone was opened for the Homestead community providing Information Technology Consulting Services. In addition, I was involved in the Community District Development of Homestead as a member and chairperson from 2007-2009 and I graduated from the Citizens’ Academy of Homestead in 2007. I belong to local PTA’s (Parent Teacher Associations), PTO’s (Parent Teacher Organizations) and EESAC committees (Educational Excellence School Advisory Council). This summer I will be a volunteer coach in a volunteer-led Soccer League."
  • Website (for city council)
  • Issues On Website:
    • Work collaboratively with the school district to bring more technology to our schools so that our children are prepared for the 21st Century Global Economy

    • Continue to bring economic development that will create more jobs in our community

    • Ensure school safety and security for our children

    • Hold the line on property taxes and service fees without reducing services and ensuring that Public Safety is not jeopardized