As North Miami Councilwoman Marie Steril prepares to step away from North Miami politics by not running for reelection in the city’s May election, the race to replace her is taking shape.
Among the candidates: Alix Desulme, a former North Miami city clerk, who announced last week that he plans to run for the District 4 council seat. Steril, who has held the position since 2005, said last week she won’t run and instead wants to return to the private sector.
Desulme, who serves as president of the marketing firm Alix Desulme and Associates, first ran for office in 2001 competing for the District 3 council seat and eventually losing to Jacques Despinosse. In 2005, he lost when he challenged Steril for the District 4 council seat.
He was elected city clerk in 2009 but left that position to run for state House District 108. He ran in 2010 and 2012 and lost to Daphne Campbell in both races, but finished in a close second in the first campaign — losing by 367 votes.
He joins three other candidates:
▪ Carline Paul, a political consultant and mainstay on Haitian radio.
▪ Beverly Hilton, a community activist who lost to Steril for the District 4 council seat in 2011 and also ran for mayor in 2009.
▪ Roseline Philippe, a member of the Haitian-American Democratic Club of Greater Miami who also serves with the Haiti Cherie Heritage Foundation.
The May election will also determine the city’s mayor, another council seat and the city clerk position. So far the incumbents in those positions — Mayor Smith Joseph, Councilman Scott Galvin and City Clerk Michael Etienne — don’t face any opposition.
The official qualifying period for candidates begins March 30 and ends April 7. The election will be held May 12 and a runoff election would take place June 2.