Roy Hardemon

District 108


Community housing advocate

State representative since 2016

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.

House District 108 runs north  from 36th Street up to the Biscayne River area. It goes east from Northwest 17th Avenue toward Biscayne Bay. It includes areas like Liberty City, Little River, El Portal and Biscayne Park.

The seat is up again, after only two years, because of statewide redistricting in 2016.

Instead of a formal questionnaire we decided to share the candidates’ positions on a few key issues based on questions we received from you, our readers.

Roy Hardemon is running for another term after two years representing District 108. He’s the uncle of City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon and has worked as a community activist and organizer for decades. Hardemon’s also dealt with a long list of prior arrests and issues related to domestic violence but he’s never served jail time.

Hardemon’s opponents are Joseph Beauvil and Dotie Joseph.

Gun reform

He supports a ban on assault weapons and universal background checks. In an interview with the League of Women Voters he’s said that he’s a former gun owner and doesn’t oppose the Second Amendment, but he does support responsible gun ownership.

Crime prevention

After his grandson was shot and killed in Opa-locka, Hardemon said he wanted to create legislation to create stronger penalties for carrying a gun within 1,000 feet of a school to help curb violence in parts of the district like Liberty City and Brownsville.


He shared some of his views in an interview with the League of Women Voters: “Preservation of our inland waterways is equally important … Visitors and residents alike enjoy fishing, boating and kayaking. Even more important is having clean, fresh water for drinking, bathing and washing clothes. We don’t want our cities to ever have to experience what is happening in Flint, Michigan.”

Criminal justice

We couldn’t find a public statement from the candidate on the issue.

Voter Restoration Act

We couldn’t find a public statement from the candidate on the issue.

Medical and recreational marijuana

We couldn’t find a public statement from the candidate on the issue. Last year he voted in favor of medical marijuana legislation.