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One runoff and two reelected in NMB City Council race

Frantz Pierre, North Miami Beach councilman, relected on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
Frantz Pierre, North Miami Beach councilman, relected on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Two incumbents will hold on to their City Council seats in North Miami Beach, with a runoff for an additional seat, based on unofficial election results Tuesday.

Council members Frantz Pierre and Marlen Martell held off their challengers for Groups 5 and 7 respectively.

With all 11 precincts reporting, Phyllis Smith was headed to a runoff with attorney Michael Joseph for the Group 3 seat as neither received more than 50 percent of the vote. Smith earned about 42 percent of the vote while Joseph received 32 percent.

Pierre narrowly held off a challenge from financial coach Ketley Joachim by receiving about 52 percent of the vote, while Joachim earned 48 percent.

And Councilwoman Martell kept her seat by earning 51 percent of the vote over Paule Villard, a former Miami police officer who received about 49 percent.

Smith’s other opponents in Group 3 were Bruce Lamberto, a city contracts manager, who received 19 percent of the vote and elementary school teacher Margie Love, who earned about 7 percent.

About 13 percent of the city’s registered voters participated in the election. The runoff election is tentatively scheduled for May 19.

The City Council will mostly remain the same as the city makes plans for new development along Northeast 163rd Street and improving public safety throughout the city.

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