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Former North Miami Councilman Jean Marcellus enters mayoral race

Former North Miami Councilman Jean Marcellus
Former North Miami Councilman Jean Marcellus Miami Herald File

North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph is no longer unopposed in his re-election bid this spring.

Former North Miami Councilman Jean Marcellus has filed to run in the May election. Marcellus, who held the District 3 council seat from from 2009 to 2013, has competed in the past two mayoral elections — in May 2013 and last August — but finished in fifth and third place respectively.

Marcellus said he learned from his previous campaigns and thinks he is in a better position than Joseph to lead the city.

“I think we need someone who has the experience and who has the record that speaks for itself,” Marcellus said. “When I was there I did a great job and I was team player and I know how to work with my colleagues very well.”

In May, North Miami voters will choose a mayor, city clerk and two city council seats in Districts 1 and 4.

Councilman Scott Galvin remains unopposed for his District 1 seat, but there are five candidates vying for the District 4 seat being vacated by Councilwoman Marie Steril.

The District 4 candidates include political consultant Carline Paul, former City Clerk Alix Desulme, community activist Beverly Hilton, Miami Dade College professor Roseline Philippe and Sunkist Grove Neighborhood Association member Jessica Alston.

The official candidate qualifying dates are from March 30 through April 7. Residents must be registered to vote by Apr. 13.

Early voting starts April 27 and lasts until May 10. Election Day is May 12, with a runoff election on June 2, if necessary.

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