Special Primary Election

State Representative, District 114 Voter Guide

On November 1, 2017, Florida State Representative Daisy Baez resigned, prompting Governor Rick Scott to call a special election for the vacant seat. Members of the Florida House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.

The Special Primary Election for Florida State Representative District 114 is on February 20, 2018. Polls are open from 7:00am-7:00pm. Find your local polling station here

The General Election for this seat is on May 1, 2018.

 
 

ANDREW VARGAS

  • Why are you running for office and what qualities, training, experience and skills do you bring to this position?

The candidate did not respond to request for information.

  • What are the 3 most important issues facing your community? For each concern, how do you propose to mitigate/improve/resolve the issue?

The candidate did not respond to request for information.

 
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JAVIER FERNANDEZ

  • Why are you running for office and what qualities, training, experience and skills do you bring to this position?

I am running for State Representative because I do not think our elected officials have been taking their jobs seriously. Have they benefited personally? For Sure, but is that what they are to be measured for? NO! I'm tired of getting lip service. Tired of the fake salutations when they see you at the capitol or at an event. We deserve for one of our neighbors to go up to the capitol and let the rest of our Floridian neighbors know what our problems are and compel them to be part of the solution. I'm, running because my monthly heath insurance bill for a family of four is $2000 per month. That is a mortgage payment for many. We can and will lower the cost of healthcare procedures through de regulation and free market principles. We will shepherd Miami into its next phase of growth through transportation infrastructure projects and private - public partnerships all the while being very consciences of not gentrifying the very people who built this city...our parents and grandparents. That is why I am running to be your State Representative.    

I am a Marine Sergeant who served two combat tours. The first in Afghanistan immediately after the 9/11 attacks. My commander at the time was a two star general by the name of James Mattis. Maybe you've heard of him. The second was in Iraq. I am an entrepreneur. I own a community association management firm. We concentrate on the financial situation of distressed communities. In other words, our clients thus we take communities that are operating in the red, turn them around and make them successful and liquid. I balance forty two budgets per year. I use basic book keeping skills and the common sense God gave me to accomplish this this and I have been very successful at it for twelve years now. I think I can apply these same techniques to the State House of Representatives.  

  • What are the 3 most important issues facing your community? For each concern, how do you propose to mitigate/improve/resolve the issue?

Lowering the cost of health care.  De-regulation of archaic state statues from the 1970's such as the certificates of need will allow for more walk in clinics and outpatient facilities. These clinics do not have the overhead or high cost of traditional big box urgent care centers or emergency rooms. This new competition will drive larger medical organizations to drop their procedures cost because of the free market competition. Those without any insurance can pay cash for procedures at a fraction of what is charged by the large hospitals. The out of control cost of health care will cause many if not all to abandoned insurance all together. Why not invest the same $2000 per month into a health care account with a higher yield program such as a money market. Dip into it when you need it. It is easy to see the cost benefit once you realize how little the insurance actually pays throughout the year. At the end of the year you will have $24,000 which can now be rolled over to the next year.  

Traffic / Transportation. We must invest in our transportation system. The dade delegation must be even more effective in partnering with Miami Dade County in order to identify funds that can be dedicated to the SMART plan. We must go all in on this plan and the state must compel CSX and Florida East Coast Railway to either lease or sell a 10 to 15 mile portion of their spur lines in Miami Dade to the County for use as passenger commuter rail. This will instantly give us a full east west and north south corridor for just the investment of the passenger carts.  

Miami Dade as a Donor County and State Budget I know this allegation is made each year but it is true. We must bring back the district cost differential that we lost in 2009. We would get more money allocated to us because of our size and cost of living vs. sharing the pot equally with the rest of the state. We are unfairly over taxed. Have you ever seen another Florida city with more tolls than Miami Dade. We have three different authorities making money off of our tolls. FDOT, FL TURNPIKE and MDX are all separate and distinct authorities that tax us on the roadways. Where is the money! I believe at least 20% of the gross funds generated here should legally be used for mass transportation and the SMART plan. I commit to pushing for this.