Commissioner of Agriculture

Jeffrey Duane Porter

  • Age: 58
  • City: Homestead
  • Family: Married, no children
  • Education: Some college
  • Miami-Dade College
    • Recent job: Mayor of Homestead (2013-present)

    Previous races



    Vice Mayor and City Council (1997-2007)

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization Fiscal Priorities Committee, Florida Municipal Electric Association, Homestead Planning & Zoning Board
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    My number one priority is protecting our farmers and ranchers from getting entangled in a tariff war that will hurt our local businesses and laborers due to President Trump’s risky strategies involving NAFTA and other Countries. My second priority is to ensure that our elderly population is not being taken advantage of by criminals who perpetrate schemes that involve telemarketing, gasoline skimming, and identity theft. Finally, my third priority is to audit the Agricultural and Consumer Services department to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse due to the twenty years in office that the Republicans have controlled this important office.
    Should your office's duties regulating firearm ownership be transferred to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement?
    Explain your position on which agency should oversee firearms ownership.
    I see no reason to delegate this important responsibility to others. Yes, the Department of Agriculture should continue overseeing the concealed weapons program. I will bring strong leadership to this position as I have done for many years leading Miami-Dade County’s 5th largest city as Mayor. I have the confidence that if I am elected to this important cabinet position that I will be able to oversee the concealed weapons program without handing this vital operation to another agency.
    Should the agriculture commissioner become an advocate for renegotiating NAFTA?
    Explain your position on renegotiating NAFTA.
    When elected as Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture, I will push the Administration to strengthen NAFTA to ensure that Mexico not seasonally dump produce, for example bell peppers, this practice harms Florida’s farmers and must be stopped. I would also meet with the Trade Representative of Canada who has sided with Mexico regarding this egregious practice and explain how much harm Canada’s support of seasonally dumping is doing to Florida’s Farmers.
    Would you support moving consumer services into a separate agency?
    Explain your position on moving consumer services out of the agriculture department.
    I do not believe that creating another layer of bureaucracy will be helpful to those who need these vital services. The department has the staffing and funding to efficiently conduct its responsibilities.
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