District 12: Rafael Pineyro

District 12


Former chief of staff to Doral's mayor before seeking office

Member of Independent Venezuelan American Citizens and the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade

This post is part of our voter guide for the Aug. 28 local and primary elections. Head to the main landing page for a guide to the key races and decisions being made this election.

District 12 covers a section of west and northwest Miami-Dade and extends south from Northwest 202nd Street down to Calle Ocho and goes west from about Northwest 72nd Avenue into the Everglades. It includes areas like Doral, Hialeah, Sweetwater, Medley, Hialeah Gardens and Virginia Gardens.

Editor’s note: Pineyro responded to our questionnaire after this post was originally published. See his responses below. 

This interview has been lightly edited to meet word count requirements. Pineyro’s opponents are Patricio Moreno and Jose “Pepe” Diaz.

What would your top 3 priorities be as commissioner?

Public safety

Improve quality of life

Public transportation

What does “good” public transit for Miami-Dade County look like to you?

The use of existing rail lines that travel east-west

Restriction of trucks in main roads in specific areas and hours

A tolls program for our residents based on income and category (student, senior, veteran, etc.)

Smart traffic lights throughout the county

How will you support expanding affordable housing as commissioner?

Through negotiation with developers by assigning a specific percentage to be dedicated to: affordable housing, millennial housing and workforce housing. Also, it is important to highlight that there is currently a budget of $182 million dedicated to affordable housing that has not been used. For example, during the last 16 years the current commissioner can only show one affordable housing project in the City of Sweetwater.

What does a resilient and sustainable city look like to you?

One that contemplates efficient energy, recycling, smart traffic lights, and solar panels on commercial and residential areas. It would be extremely helpful to the goal of more sustainable business practices, government policies and lifestyle choices.

What lessons did you learn from Hurricane Irma that will influence how you govern if you win?

Drainage needs

More and improved shelters

The need to improve quality of life among our most needed residents in our district

If you had the chance, would you uphold or reverse the county’s decision to abandon its sanctuary city status and cooperate with federal immigration officials? 

 If I had the chance, yes I would vote on reversing the county’s decision to abandon its sanctuary city status.

Do you believe in systemic racism, aka the idea that racism is baked into some of our existing policies and laws, and if yes, what ideas do you have for addressing that? 

If you see something, say something. Step in when you see racism occurring, and disrupt it in a safe way.

Support voter registration campaigns and polling in neighborhoods where people of color live because they have historically been marginalized from the political process

Donate time and/or money to community organizations that serve youth of color

Support post-prison programs

Support community organizations that serve those bearing the mental, physical, and economic costs of racism

Should the Urban Development Boundary remain fixed, or do you think there are certain economic and mobility needs that are more important?

Land use and mobility planning have to be so closely integrated that they become one. Awareness has to increase about the environmental and health impacts of emissions, noise and the space requirement for cars.