2016 Miami-Dade County mayoral election

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Miami-Dade County mayoral election, 2016
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Turnout72.40%Increase 52.40 pp
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Candidate Carlos A. Giménez Raquel Regalado
Party Republican Republican
Popular vote 475,547 376,249
Percentage 55.83% 44.17%

Mayor before election

Carlos A. Giménez

Elected Mayor

Carlos A. Giménez

The 2016 Miami-Dade County mayoral election took place on August 30, 2016 and November 8, 2016. After an August 30 first round, incumbent Mayor Carlos A. Giménez defeated Miami Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado on November 8.[1] The election was officially nonpartisan. The race was marred by controversy, including attempts by Regalado to take Giménez off the ballot[2] and accusations that Giménez was responsible for flyers suggesting Regalado was in association with then Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.[3]



  • Carlos A. Giménez, Mayor of Miami Dade County (Republican Party)[4]
  • Raquel Regalado, Miami Dade School Board member (Republican Party)[5]
  • Alfred Santamaria, former staffer for David Rivera (Republican Party)[6]
  • Frederick Bryant, Printer (Democratic Party)[7]
  • Farid Khavari, former gubernatorial candidate in 2010 and 2014 (Democratic Party)[8]
  • Benjamin "B. J." Chiszar, former Chair of the Miami Dade County Democratic Party (Democratic Party)[9]
  • Miguel A. Eizmendiz, former political consultant (Independent)[10]


First Round Results[edit]

Miami-Dade County mayoral election, 2016[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carlos A. Giménez 121,891 47.61%
Republican Raquel Regalado 81,952 32.01%
Democratic Fredrick Bryant 22,710 8.87%
Republican Alfred Santamaria 22,277 8.70%
Democratic Farid Khavari 2,967 1.16%
Democratic Benjamin "B. J." Chiszar 2,669 1.04%
Independent Miguel A. Eizmendiz 1,546 0.60%


  1. ^ "Dade - Election Results". results.enr.clarityelections.com.
  2. ^ "Judge Rules Against Regalado Again in Case vs. Gimenez". NBC 6 South Florida.
  3. ^ "Mystery flier tries to link Miami-Dade mayoral challenger to Trump | Naked Politics".
  4. ^ "Carlos Gimenez Files Re-Election Papers".
  5. ^ "Can Raquel Regalado make history in Miami-Dade?". miamiherald.
  6. ^ "For newcomer, a sudden grab for the top job". miamiherald.
  7. ^ "Gimenez a no-show at mayoral forum but says he will debate". miamiherald.
  8. ^ "Miami-Dade mayor heads into summer with nearly $3 million campaign war chest | Naked Politics".
  9. ^ "County Hall regular running for mayor of Miami-Dade | Naked Politics".
  10. ^ "Other candidates for county mayor". miamiherald.
  11. ^ "It's official: Miami-Dade commission chair Jean Monestime won't run for mayor in 2016 | Naked Politics".
  12. ^ "In Miami-Dade mayoral race, a bitter contest breaks new ground". miamiherald.
  13. ^ "Dade - Election Results". results.enr.clarityelections.com.