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In runoff voting, North Miami Beach elects its final two council members

McKenzie Fleurimond, left, and  Paule Villard, right, were elected to the North Miami Beach City Council after winning runoffs on Nov. 20, 2018.
McKenzie Fleurimond, left, and Paule Villard, right, were elected to the North Miami Beach City Council after winning runoffs on Nov. 20, 2018.

North Miami Beach elected its final two council members in runoff elections held Tuesday. Retired police sergeant Paule Villard, 58, and McKenzie Fleurimond, 36, owner of McKenzie Insurance Group Inc., will represent groups two and five on the City Council.

After a tumultuous year left the council with more appointees than elected representatives, North Miami Beach voters were asked to elect people to six of seven seats on the City Council. Out of the 16 candidates vying on Nov. 6, four won their seats outright by earning more than 50 percent of total votes.

Two races, for seats two and five, went to a runoff, which was held Tuesday, Nov. 20. There were no surprises. Both candidates who led their races on Nov. 6 — and missed winning outright by a hair’s margin — won their runoffs with ease.

In the race for seat two, Villard took 63.1 percent of votes to defeat her opponent, Jay Chernoff, 60, a real estate broker and former councilman from North Miami Beach.

Fleurimond, who served as an appointed councilman for a year starting in 2010, missed winning outright on Nov. 6 by just 126 votes — less than 1.5 percent of the total cast. He won his runoff, taking 62.7 percent of votes to beat another former commissioner, David Templer, 56.

A high-profile election season following a year of scandals in North Miami Beach galvanized more than 11,000 residents to vote on the municipal races earlier this month. Voter turnout for Tuesday’s runoff was low — just under 25 percent of those who voted in the local races on Nov. 6.

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