A Miami-Dade judge dismissed a case that alleged North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau never properly qualified to run for office.
The lawsuit, brought forward by former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns who lost to Tondreau during the June runoff election, was seeking Tondreau’s removal from office.
At issue was whether or not Tondreau actually lived in North Miami the required full year before running for office.
Burns claims she did not. Tondreau maintains she followed all the rules to qualify for office.
In his motion to dismiss, Cueto citing the 1981 case and similar case law wrote, “Generally, courts have no inherent power to determine election contests nor do courts have jurisdiction to inquire into a person’s qualifications to run for office after that person has been duly elected.”
The case has been the cause of tension in North Miami, where some Tondreau supporters saw it as last-ditch move by a candidate who could not come to terms with his defeat.
Burns said he is not a sore loser.
“Voters should not be allowed to vote for a nonresident,” he said.. “We have already filed a notice of appeal. For the people of North Miami this fight is not over.”
In a statement, Tondreau said she is ready to move forward.
“I have been elected by the people of our city to provide leadership for all of our residents and businesses,” she said. “I call upon everyone, including my former opponents, to work together with me to improve, enhance, and grow the city of North Miami and further our status as an All-America City — a city of progress and smart growth. There is strength in unity and it’s time to unite and move forward.”