The mayor of Homestead submitted a resignation letter Thursday, effective Jan. 7, 2019, after announcing he will enter the race for Florida agriculture commissioner.
Jeff Porter, who has served as mayor since 2013, also served as a councilman from 1997 to 2007.
His resignation letter came 10 days before the state’s qualifying period begins on June 18. To run for office, he has to resign from his current elected post, in accordance with Florida’s newly amended “resign-to-run” law. The law changed this year to force politicians holding local and state seats to resign if they want to run for a higher office with a term that overlaps their current term.
Porter, a Democrat, is seeking the seat held by agriculture commissioner Adam Putman, a Republican, who is engaged in a tightly contested Republican primary race for governor against Rep. Ron DeSantis, a three-term House member from Jacksonville.
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