I would like to introduce myself; my name is Jeff Porter. I was born in Homestead in 1959 and remained until my father was killed in an unfortunate accident when I was 10. My mother, two brothers and I moved to Mississippi to begin a new life where I learned how important family, friends and the positive impact and support of a close community can have in one’s life.
I never forgot my hometown, and the day after I graduated from high school, I headed back to Homestead to make my life here. My dream was to start my own business, and that dream became a reality. My business here in Homestead has been successful for over 10 years. Prior to this, I was Vice President of a family owned business in downtown Homestead.
I bought my home in the Villages of Homestead when I was 21 years old. I still reside there with my wife Cindy. I met my wife at a New Year’s Eve Party held in my home. Talking about unexpected new beginnings, I fell in love with her immediately, and we just celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary this past July. Cindy is from Homestead and her family has been in Homestead, as has mine since the early 1900’s.
Five years after Hurricane Andrew almost blew our city away, we were still experiencing many obstacles. I became very interested in the events affecting the city and wanted to make a difference. My interest was to help change things for the better, so I decided to run for Homestead City Council in 1997 and was elected Vice-Mayor. My experience serving this city has been for more than 12 years, first as a Planning and Zoning Board member, then as Vice-Mayor and City Councilman. During this time, I was part of a team that created many positive changes in our city that are still in place today. We brought the City out of the financial crisis that occurred after Hurricane Andrew. I was part of a positive budget that brought in new revenue , businesses and jobs, like Ruby Tuesday, Loews, Kohls, Flagship Cinema, Chili’s, Longhorn Steak House, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, the new Homestead Hospital, Hampton Inn, two new Fire Stations, two new Publix with Shopping Plazas and BJ’s to name a few. As Mayor I will continue to move the City of Homestead forward.
I have the experience, vision and leadership necessary to lead the City of Homestead as Mayor at a most critical time as the city continues to face growing infrastructure needs, crime reduction and public safety needs.
My decision to run for Mayor is because I have a deep concern for the city that I love. I want to be a part of the decisions that are made that shape the future of Homestead and the future of all of you that have chosen Homestead as your home. Under my leadership, you have MY WORD that the office of mayor will be equated with HONESTY, DIGNITY and RESPECT. I, JEFF PORTER, ask for your support and respectfully ask for your VOTE November 5.
~ Jeff ~
More than 10 years experience as Vice-Mayor, City Councilman and Business Owner
Born in Homestead September 3, 1959 at James Archer Smith Hospital
Parents, Paul & Marlene Porter
Family has lived in Homestead area since 1903
Married Cindy Sincore in 1994 at Homestead First Baptist Church
Member of Silver Palm United Methodist Church
Served on Homestead City Council for 10 years, 1997 – 2007
Served as Vice-Mayor of Homestead
Chairman, Homestead Public Safety Committee
Chairman, Homestead Transportation Committee
Board Member, Homestead Planning & Zoning Board
Board Member, League of Cities
Board Member, Beacon Council
Board Member, Florida Municipal Electric Association
Chairman, Military Affairs Committee
Board Member, Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce
Vice President, Mitchell Hardware where he was employed for 20+ years
President/Owner, World Wide Supply Solutions in Homestead