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North Miami council race heads to runoff

North Miami City Council candidate Carline Paul
North Miami City Council candidate Carline Paul

For the first time in 10 years someone new will represent District 4 on the North Miami City Council, but voters will have to return to the polls to determine who will take the seat, according to unofficial results.

With the three precincts in District 4 reporting, Alix Desulme is headed to a runoff with Carline Paul as neither received more than 50 percent of the vote. Desulme earned about 36 percent of the vote while Paul received about 31 percent.

Desulme, an elementary school teacher, most recently served as city clerk in 2009. Paul, known to many as “Teacher Carline,” is a community outreach liaison at the North Miami Adult Education Center.

The other candidates in District 4 were Roseline Philippe, an education professor and consultant who received about 16 percent; Beverly Hilton, a private school administrator who earned about 14 percent of the vote; and Jessica Alston, a retired guidance counselor who earned about 3 percent.

The seat opened after Councilwoman Marie Steril decided not to seek re-election earlier this year.

About 18 percent of District 4’s registered voters participated in the election. District 4 has a little more than 8,900 registered voters.

The runoff election is scheduled for June 2. Early voting will take place from May 25 to May 31 at the North Miami Public Library.