Election of 2014

GENERAL INFORMATION
ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 4, 2014

Any citizen who is a qualified elector of Miami-Dade County and has resided continuously in the Village of Palmetto Bay for at least two years preceding the date of qualifying is eligible to be a candidate for the office of the Village Council.

The Village is divided into three residential areas.  Section 2.03 of the City Charter requires that one Council member reside in the Northern Area (Seat 1), one Council member reside in the Central Area (Seat 2) and one Council member reside in the Southern Area (Seat 3).  Candidates for the office of Mayor & Vice Mayor are elected without regard to residence in a particular Residential Area.  Persons running from a particular Residential Area must be a resident of the Residential Area which she/he proposes to represent on the Council at the time of qualifying, at the time of his/her election and must continue to reside in such Residential Area during his/her term of office.  A copy of the Charter is provided for your information and review. 

A General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  In this election, candidates may qualify for the office of Mayor, District 1, or District 3.

Any candidate receiving a number of votes greater than 50% of the total number of ballots cast shall be duly elected to the Council and no run-offs shall be required.

If required, a Run-off Election will be held on November 25, 2014.  The ballot for the run-off election shall contain the names of the candidates for Mayor, District 1, and District 3 who received the most votes in the general election.  The candidates receiving the most votes shall be duly elected to Mayor, District 1, and District 3.

The duly elected Council members and Mayor shall each serve a four-year term commencing at the next regular scheduled Council meeting after the general election or should a run-off be necessary, at the next regularly scheduled Council meeting following the day of the run-off election.

CANDIDATES REGISTERED:
(Listed alphabetically)

Mayor:
Peter A. England
Patrick M. Fiore
Eugene Flinn
Shelley Stanczyk

Seat 1:
Karyn Cunningham
David Zisman

Seat 3:
Henry T. Clifford
Larissa Siegel Lara
James Archie Shedd
 

ELECTION CAMPAIGNS:
• The first step in any election campaign is to appoint a campaign treasurer and designate a campaign depository.  Form DS-DE9 “State of Florida Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates” is provided here.  Please complete and return to the Village Clerk.  A candidate may be his or her own campaign treasurer or deputy treasurer.
• Your campaign depository must be a bank, savings and loan association or credit union authorized to do business in the State of Florida.  This account must be separate from any personal or business accounts.  All monetary contributions received must be deposited in the campaign account within five business days of receipt.  Only the campaign treasurer or the deputy campaign treasurer may sign campaign expenditure checks.
• Within ten days of opening a campaign account, you must return Form DS-DE “Statement of Candidate” to the Village Clerk.  Upon the filing of this form, you may begin to collect and spend campaign funds.

CAMPAIGN TREASURER’S REPORTS:
Campaign Treasurer Reports shall be filed on the 10th day following the end of each month, except that if the tenth day occurs on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the report shall be filed on the next business day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.

FOR CANDIDATES:  Forms may be found at the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections Website:  http://election.dos.state.fl.us/forms/index.shtml

The most commonly used forms are provided below:
Form DS-DE 12 - Campaign Treasurer Report Summary
Form DS-DE 13 - Itemized Contributions
Form DS-DE 14 - Itemized Expenditures

The following is the schedule of reports due dates:

Date due: Name of Report Cover Period:
August 11, 2014 2014-M7 7/1/14 - 7/31/14
September 10, 2014 2014-M8 8/1/14 - 8/31/14
October 10, 2014 (25 days prior) 2014-G1 9/1/14 - 9/30/14
October 24, 2014 (11 days prior) 2014-G2 10/1/14 - 10/23/14
October 31, 2014 (4 days prior) 2014-G3 10/24/14 - 10/30/14

Campaign treasurer’s reports are due by 5 p.m. on the dates noted above.  Failure to file a report on the designated due date shall subject the candidate to a fine of $50 per day for the first 3 days late and, thereafter, $500 per day for each late day; not to exceed 25% of the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report.  However, for the reports immediately preceding each primary and general election, the fine shall be $500 per day for each late day, not to exceed 25% of the total receipts or expenditures whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report, as provided in F.S. Section 106.07(8). Fines must be paid from the candidate’s personal funds – not campaign funds. 

The Village Clerk will review reports for timeliness of filing, typographical and mathematical accuracy.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to insure that the information contained in the reports is true and correct and in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida.

CURRENT REPORTS:

Mayor:
Peter A. England

Patrick Fiore

Eugene Flinn

Shelley Stanczyk

Seat 1:
Karyn Cunningham

David Zisman

Seat 3:
Larissa Siegel Lara

James Archie Shedd

QUALIFYING AS A CANDIDATE:

Pursuant to Village Ordinance the qualifying period for this year begins at noon on August 4, 2014 and ends at noon August 15, 2014.  All candidates may qualify for the November 4, 2014 election in the office of the Village Clerk, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street, Palmetto Bay.

All required qualifying paperwork and fees must be provided to the Village Clerk within the qualifying period.

The following documents and fees are required during the qualifying period:

Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates – DS-DE 9
Statement of Candidate – DS-DE 84
Declaration for Candidates Automatically Covered by Ordinance 98-94
• Proof of Voter’s Registration
Affidavit – Notice of Candidacy and Residency
Loyalty Oath / Oath of Candidacy - DS-DE 25
Form 1 – Statement of Financial Interests
• Qualifying fee of $100
• State Election Assessment fee – 1% of annual salary for office sought ($240 for Mayor – annual salary is $24,000; $120 for Council Members – annual salary is $12,000)