Meet the Miami Beach Mayoral Candidates

Election Day is Nov. 5, but early voting is already underway.

By Hank Tester
|  Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 6:56 PM EDT
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With election day closely approaching, Miami Beach residents prepare to choose their next mayor. Four candidates will be on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election: Philip Levine, Michael Gongora, Steve Burke and Raphael Herman. NBC 6's Hank Tester spoke with each one about their plans if they are elected mayor.

With election day closely approaching, Miami Beach residents prepare to choose their next mayor. Four candidates will be on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election: Philip Levine, Michael Gongora, Steve Burke and Raphael Herman. NBC 6's Hank Tester spoke with each one about their plans if they are elected mayor.

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With election day closely approaching, Miami Beach residents prepare to choose their next mayor.

Four candidates will be on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election.

Philip Levine is a Miami Beach businessman and investor who currently serves as CEO of Royal Media Partners, an exclusive partner of Royal Caribbean Cruises.

"Unfortunately, this city is broken and unless someone stands up, someone who does not want to use the job to help other parts of their life, somebody who wants to fix what is broken, to make this work, we are going to continue down this cycle," he said. "That's not the way I want to live."

Meanwhile, candidate Michael Gongora says experience is on his side. Gongora, who was first elected to public office in 2006, currently sits on the Miami Beach City Commission.

"My role has been that of a leader for change," he said. "When we had corruption issues, I stood up and was the swing vote to bring in a new administration. I voted to bring in a new city manager, Jimmy Morales, who is universally applauded for his work."

Steve Berke is separating himself from other candidates by not targeting the elderly. He wants to legalize small amounts of marijuana and promotes a skyway from the mainland to the beach.

"I am trying to get the other voter -- people who voted for president last time, younger voters, disenfranchised voters," he said. "It is not sexy to vote in a mayoral election. It is sexy to vote for president. People forget that who you vote for mayor will affect your life more than when you vote for president."

Then, there is Raphael Herman. He said he's advised Presidents Kennedy, Reagan and Clinton, worked for the Mossad and the CIA, and that he's the guy that found Osama Bin Laden.

"From all over the world, they are going to come to Miami Beach to shake my hand," he said. "I will sign autographs, I will bring in $1-2 billion. What that means is the people of Miami Beach will pay zero taxes on property."

Early voting is already underway. For more information, click here.

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