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North Miami Beach councilwoman holds on to seat in runoff

Councilwoman Phyllis Smith won a runoff election for her North Miami Beach City Council seat
Councilwoman Phyllis Smith won a runoff election for her North Miami Beach City Council seat

North Miami Beach residents voted to keep Councilwoman Phyllis Smith in her City Council seat based on unofficial results from Tuesday’s runoff election.

Smith, the incumbent who has served on the council since 2007, defeated her opponent Michael Joseph, an attorney, by a slim margin earning about 52 percent of the vote in the runoff election to keep her Group 3 seat on the council.

The City Council remains unchanged after this election cycle with tight victories for all of the incumbents.

Councilwoman Marlen Martell defeated her opponent Paule Villard with 51 percent of the vote and Councilman Frantz Pierre kept his seat by defeating Ketley Joachim with 52 percent of the vote. Mayor George Vallejo was unopposed in his reelection.

About 9 percent of the city’s registered voters participated in the runoff election. In the regular election about 13 percent voted.

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