Ex-candidate sues to have North Miami mayor removed

06/18/2013 11:27 AM

06/18/2013 4:38 PM

A former North Miami mayoral candidate is suing to have newly elected mayor Lucie Tondreau removed from the post she has held for eight days.

In a 62-page lawsuit, Kevin Burns — who was defeated by Tondreau in the June 4 runoff election — argues that Tondreau cannot hold office because she did not live in the city for one full year prior to the election as required by city rules.

The lawsuit also alleges that Tondreau did not give the city sufficient supporting documents to prove that she was a resident.

Burns is represented by the law firm Rasco Klock Perez & Nieto.

“I think the community wants to know that the people they elect follow the law and are actual residents of their community. I’m not creating the facts — the fact are established,” Burns said Tuesday.

Tondreau did not respond to calls for comment.

Records show that Tondreau filed campaign documents that listed her address at 1005 NW 128th Ter. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home belongs to Rousaint and Delfine Ermonfils, according to Miami-Dade property records.

Reached on Tuesday, Delfine Ermonfils said that Tondreau, a mother of three, did live in her home a full year prior to the election.

“This is where she lived for about one year and two months. She didn’t live here with her kids,” Ermonfils said in Creole. “She moved out in February, but she lives nearby. If anyone has a question about where Lucie lives now, ask Lucie.”

A lease submitted to the city in April shows that Tondreau moved to a property on Northwest 122nd Street and Northwest Eighth Avenue in December 2012 with two of her daughters.

Burns’ suit alleges that Tondreau was previously living in a home in unincorporated North Miami-Dade before she actually moved into the city in December.

Along with Tondreau, the suit names as defendants: Penelope Townsley, Miami-Dade County supervisor of elections; Michael Etienne, North Miami city clerk; and the North Miami Canvassing Board.

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