There is a special election scheduled to fill the Florida Congressional District 20 seat left vacant by the passing of Alcee Hastings for January 11, 2022. This past week, there was a special primary election between Democrats and Republicans, the results of which will cause them to face Libertarian MIke ter Maat in the general special election on January 11, 2022.
The recounts continue in the Democrat race with a difference of 4 votes between Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Dale Holness. A manual and electronic recount has already been done and some votes are still coming in from members of the military overseas.
Another wrinkle in the primary election is that the Republican winner, Jason Mariner, says he may be disqualified due to him being a convicted felon who may not have gone through the state’s process to restore his civil rights after his imprisonment. Although it may not be an issue, if officially challenged, Mariner’s win could be in jeopardy.
Regardless, the ultimate winners of the special primary will face Libertarian Mike ter Maat, two no-party affiliation candidates, and one write-in candidate.
With some vote-by-mail ballots still to be counted, Republican Jason Mariner has handily won. At press time, Democrats Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Dale Holness are too close to call and will trigger an automatic recount and potentially a run-off vote. The winner of the Democrat primary will face Mariner and Libertarian Mike ter Maat in the January 11, 2022, general special election to fill the seat. District 20 is holding a special election since Alcee Hastings passed away last year and voter turnout in Palm Beach County was 17 percent.
McCormick and Holness are within one percent of each other, which if that holds true later today after they counted all the votes, then that would trigger an automatic recount for only those two candidates and potentially a run-off vote. The winner will then run in the general special election being held on January 11, 2022. In addition to Mike ter Maat, there is Leonard Serratore and Jim Flynn running with no party affiliation, and Shelley Fain is the write-in candidate.
Tomorrow, November 2, 2021, Florida Congressional District 20 Democratic and Republican voters will decide who will face Libertarian Party candidate, Mike ter Maat, in the January 11, 2022, special general election. The special election is because the former District 20 congressional representative, Alcee Hastings, passed away last year and the office must be filled.
Democratic Party voters will have to choose between 11 primary candidates. They are Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Elvin Dowling, Bobby B. DuBose, Omari Hardy, Dale V.C. Holness, Phil Jackson, Emmanuel G. Morel, Barbara Sharief, Dr. Imran, Uddin Siddiqui, Priscilla Ann Taylor, and Perry E. Thurston Jr.
Republican Party voters will have to choose between two primary candidates. They are Jason Mariner and Greg Musselwhite.
Besides political party candidates, in the special general election happening on January 11, 2022, there are three no party affiliated (NPA) and one write-in candidate. So, as of now, voters in the special general election for District 20 will include the Libertarian Party candidate Mike ter Maat, the winners of the Republican and Democrat primary election happening tomorrow, NPA candidates Jim Flynn, Robert Ornelas, Leonard L. Serratore, and write-in candidate Shelley Fain.
Also on the calendar for tomorrow is the Town of Highland Beach will have an election on November 2, 2021. There will be one (1) question on the ballot. Polls are open on November 2, 2021, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Voters in the town can visit the My Status page to determine whether they are eligible to take part in this election and to find your sample ballot and your precinct’s polling location.
Mike ter Maat, (terMOTT, with a small ‘t’) a South Florida police officer, and former university economics professor publicly announced last week his candidacy for Florida’s 20th Congressional District. ter Maat is running as a Libertarian which offers district residents a fresh approach to a better life as they had neglected residents by their former congressional representative, Alcee Hastings who passed away earlier this year. The State of Florida will hold a special election on January 11, 2022, to fill the open seat.
Last night, Mike ter Maat met with some members of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth. ter Maat expressed his desire to lift district 20 residents above the poverty they have been living by offering them solutions and opportunities if they elect him to represent them in Washington, D.C.
A long-term member of the Libertarian Party, ter Maat wants to change the government’s approach toward the lives of low- and moderate-income District 20 residents through Libertarian policies that focus on police and justice reform, economics, school choice, and COVID mandates.
While Democrats blame the wealthy and Republicans blame the poor themselves for the problems facing District 20 residents, ter Maat believes heavy-handed criminal justice, work disincentives, and other policies that undermine families are the driving factors that must be actively addressed for the health of District 20.
“Continuing the government’s 50-year so-called ‘War on Poverty’ is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results,” ter Maat said. “The government’s misguided approach to justice, economics, and COVID ironically makes our lives worse, not better.” Police & Justice Reform – ter Maat believes issues like drug addiction and community violence in District 20 are not addressed properly because of the heavy hand of government, which has driven a wedge between communities and police. He also believes that politicians who chant ‘defund the police’ disqualify themselves from the serious discussion of police and justice reform that communities deserve.
Last night, he told local Libertarians he would like to see negotiations for market-oriented police contracts with greater accountability, ending qualified immunity, ending the criminalization of victimless “crimes” while ending prison sentences which are five times the norm in other countries.
In addition, if District 20 voters made him their representative he would advocate for expanding school choice for students. “Without school choice, high dropout rates and poor career preparation will continue to drive intergenerational poverty. Povertys is not natural, it is a political construct, the result of bad policy.”
ter Maat also said he encourages everyone to follow the science and is steadfastly opposed to vaccine “passports” stating, “I’m glad to have been vaccinated personally, but the Bill of Rights has not been suspended just because we are in the midst of a pandemic.”
Florida’s Congressional District 20 includes residents who have a median household income of $49,200 whereas the national median income is $68,700.
Mike ter Maat has been a police officer in South Florida for eleven years. Previously, he worked as an economist with banks, the White House Office of Management and Budget, international development agencies, federal agencies, and trade associations. In 2002, he founded Foreword Financial, a professional training business for bank executives which he ran until 2009. He has taught economics at Nova University, Barry University, and George Washington University and has substituted at dozens of South Florida public schools. He has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from George Washington University.