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Tony DeFillipo, Beth Spiegel win North Miami Beach council seats in runoff election

North Miami Beach voters elected Anthony "Tony" DeFillipo as the newest member of the city council and for Councilwoman Beth E. Spiegel to remain in her seat as a result of Tuesday’s runoff.

DeFillipo beat out Hillel Hellinger for the Seat 2 position by taking 1,174 votes (69.5 percent of the vote). Hellinger received 516 votes (30.5 percent).

"I am very happy," DeFillipo said after giving his mother a victory hug and kiss at a watch party held at city hall. "After a lot of work, we finally have a victory. I look forward to working for our residents."

Meanwhile, Hellinger said in a phone interview that he is unsure of his political future.

"I don't know if I am going to run again," he said. "I don't collect campaign funds, and it's difficult when you're not fighting on the same level."

DeFillipo will be filling a seat vacated by Councilman Philippe Derose, who didn't seek reelection.

In the Seat 4 race, Spiegel got 1,148 votes (62.5 percent), while her opponent, Yvenoline “Yve” Dargenson, received 690 votes (37.5 percent).

"I am looking forward to serving the residents," Spiegel said after the announcement.

Dargenson said she was proud of her campaign and said she'll seek political office in North Miami Beach again.

"What I really wanted from this race was for Ms. Spiegel to have to work for this election," she said. "She had to earn each and every single vote, which she didn't do last time."

On Monday, Judge Darrin Gayles of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court decided that the runoff results would not be certified until further order from the courts.

That decision came as a result of a lawsuit filed by Spiegel against Dargenson that alleged that Dargenson had violated the city charter requirement that candidates must continuously reside in North Miami Beach for one year prior to the qualifying date.

A hearing to decide on further action was set for Wednesday.

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