Escarment said he wants to see the city treat all of its residents with respect.
“We live in a community with a lot of minorities,” he said. “They are the ones going out to vote, and they benefit less from any programs in North Miami.”
If elected, Escarment said he would be watchful of taxpayers’ dollars.
“We need to stop wasting money on unnecessary things. Money for carnivals and stuff like that — that is money the city can use to help people in the city,” he said.
He said what is most important is that residents feel that they have a voice and that their leaders are receptive to them.
“I spoke to a lot of people,” he said. “They say the city is not thinking about them.
• Dr. Smith Joseph, 51, said he believes in empowering youths and creating more programs for the elderly.
“I’ve always been there for the community,” he said.
Smith said he would create a multicultural community board that would help bridge and address division in the city.
“This program will call on residents from all walks of life to create a community liaison group. And that will address the concerns of the community,” he said.
He said that as mayor he would work on growing the city’s business communities.
“My main priority right now is job creation. It’s a national issue and a big concern,” Joseph said. “I intend to sit down with many businesspeople to see how we can get them to come to North Miami. For them to come, we have to make it palatable.”
Joseph, a physician, who has come under fire over whether he actually lives in the city, said he met all requirements to run for office.
“There is no one more in touch with the city of North Miami than Dr. Smith Joseph,” he said. “I’ve lived in Little Haiti, North Miami, North Miami Beach and Opa-locka. I established my practice 12 years ago in North Miami. I know what the issues are.”
• Jean Marcellus, 53, council member for District 3, said he wants to build on the progress the city has made in recent years.
“For the past four years, we’ve made a lot of progress, and I contributed largely to that progress. We need to continue with the progress to keep this movement going,” he said.
Marcellus said that voters should trust him as their mayor because he has proven himself as a council member.
“My record is clean, and I will continue with that record,” he said.
Marcellus said that as mayor, he would unify the city.
“We have one city — the east, the central and the west need to work together,” he said.
North Miami has the opportunity become a city that is competitive in South Florida’s economic market, Marcellus said. With an award-winning museum and the city’s diversity, he said North Miami is a destination.
• Anna Pierre, 54, said that if she is elected to office, she will unite the city.
“They’re trying to divide North Miami. North Miami is not only for Haitians. It’s for the Anglos, the Hispanics, other people from the Caribbean, African Americans, it’s for everybody,” she said.
A registered nurse, among her priorities, Pierre said she wants to address health issues and unemployment.