DECISION 2022: Everything you need to know to vote on the City of Doral elections

This November 8th, exercise your right to vote. 


Doral will hold an election to determine who will be the Mayor and City Council members for the next years.



Four seats are up for grabs at the City of Doral Council for the election that will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8th, and each time it becomes more important for voters to be informed about who they are choosing to represent them on the dais.

For an election to be successful and democratic, voters must understand their rights and responsibilities, be well informed to cast their ballots, and participate meaningfully in the voting process.

To vote in your local election is one of the most important things to do because it impacts your way of living. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your right.

The citizens who want to express their opinion must start by registering to vote if they did not have a chance to do it during the last August primaries.

The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, and it can be done easily by mail or online at , or in person at the Miami-Dade Elections Department, any public library, Florida Driver License Bureau, County Government offices, any state public assistance agencies,  or Armed Forces recruiting offices.

The Deadline to request that a Vote-by-Mail ballot be mailed to you is on Saturday, October 29th, 2022.

The deadline to return your Vote-by-Mail ballot is November 8th, 2022.

Choosing the right candidate is no easy task for voters.  Research on the candidates’ backgrounds and experiences.  Are they prepared for the job? You must evaluate their strengths and if their values align with those you consider should be enforced in your community. 

You must observe the candidates’ campaigns. Review the campaign website, social media content, and materials. Don’t be afraid to ask questions at the candidate meetings, debates, or when a campaign worker rings your doorbell.  And the voters should always verify the news they read using reliable sources, such as non-partisan news outlets.


About The City of Doral Council Elections

Voters will have the opportunity to fill four vacancies on the City Council: Mayor and three Council seats.

This year Doral will have a special election because Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez decided to run for Miami-Dade Commissioner for District 12 and won in the August elections.

Pete Cabrera, Christi Fraga, Claudia Mariaca, and Haim Otero have applied for the City of Doral Mayor’s seat. The first three already have experience leading the city since they have served as councilmembers for several years.

Currently, Seat 1 is occupied by councilwoman Claudia Mariaca, who has decided to run for mayor of Doral.    Susie V. Castillo, Francisco Gámez, Carlos Pereira and Rafael Pineyro compete for that seat.

Seat 2 is occupied by councilman Pete Cabrera, who cannot run for reelection because he has served his two full terms but has decided to run for Mayor of Doral.    Ivette González Petkovich, Maureen Porras, and Juan Manuel Sucre are vying to win in the race for that seat.

For Seat 4, Vice Mayor Digna Cabral (incumbent) has filed to run for re-election against Juan Carlos Esquivel.

To help the residents of Doral get to know the candidates running for City Council and Mayor that will be on the ballot this upcoming November, Doral Family Journal reached out to all 13 of them.

For this article, all candidates received the same questions and were allowed the same time and space for their answers. We inquire about the most pressing issues affecting our city.

We hope you take some time and read what the candidates have to say  – in their own words – on the next pages.

Below, you will find all the candidates by seat number and in alphabetical order: ( Click on the candidate’s name to read the interview)









The quality of living in the City of Doral continues to make it one of the best places to live in the state, and keeping it that way is up to the voters for our city not only to remain great but to move forward as well.


Have an impact on your community!



Doral Family Journal does not endorse any candidate. Our job is to inform and empower citizens to make educated choices.


4 thoughts on “DECISION 2022: Everything you need to know to vote on the City of Doral elections

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  • What are the proposed Amendments and what the candidates’ recommendations

  • would also help to have their political affiliation in these summaries (dem, rep)

  • ” would also help to have their political affiliation in these summaries (dem, rep) ”

    I hear you but on a local level in Doral that is irrelevant and the letter in front of the name does not mean a thing as EVERY incumbent as of now works ONLY for developers .

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