In the primary for Mayor Jeff Porter got 903 votes and Mark Bell got 814 votes. Mark Bell excelled in Early Voting, Porter beat Bell in Absentees. The total votes cast for Mayor in the primary were 2,428. Mark Bell will have collected at least $200,000 for this race with his ECO. If he get 1,000 votes in the General Election, that is $200 dollars a vote. As of 10/11/2013 Jeff Porter collected $31,455. If he gets 1,000 votes he will have spent $31 a vote. If money buys elections Bell will win for sure. His wife Lynda Bell is feverishly collecting money for him from all over the county. And, by the way, besides elections, money CAN buy you love.
In the 2011 general election 2,166 (10.97%) voted out of the 19,748 registered voters. I guess when you get that low of a percentage, you get a bad election. Homestead seems to always hover around that 10% turnout. In an aside, I looked at the addresses of some of the campaign workers for Bell: Coral Gables, South Miami, Kendall. They come a long way.
Here is a blast from the past: In Lynda Bell's first race for Mayor of Homestead in 2007 she won by 301 votes, 2,361 people voted. The Villages of Homestead precinct 907 took her over the top and Sacred Heart Precinct 918. In 2009 she lost to Bateman by 483 votes. Precinct 907 this time went for Bateman and so did 918. Lynda never recovered from that loss.
You all know I support Jeff Porter over Mark Bell. And you all know I voted NO on that stupid hospital bond -- even after getting about 10 flyers.