Tuesday, May 14, 2013
When North Miami voters get into the booth to vote for a new mayor today they will have to choose among a colorful cast of candidates, including a woman who claims she was endorsed by Jesus.
Anna Pierre is likely the best known of the eight candidates vying to be mayor of this city of 60,000.
She made headlines first for her claim that opponents had left dolls with needles at the front of her home, which she claims was an attempt to perform a voodoo hex against her.
Pierre, a registered nurse, emigrated from Haiti in the 1980s where she had a pop hit on the island called "Suk Su Bon Bon," or "Put Some Sugar On the Candy." The lyrics are too racy to repeat here.
Pierre has promised improved access to healthcare if she becomes mayor and claims on her Facebook page and campaign flyers that she received an endorsement from Jesus Christ.
"Yes, he did endorse me," she told ABC News affiliate WPLG Monday.
One of Pierre's rivals is Kevin Burns, a former North Miami mayor who since leaving office has been dogged by reports of personal financial woes.
Another candidate, Jean Marcellus, was punched in the face last week by a man he claims was an old friend who was now upset that he was running for higher office.
Also on the ballot is Gwendolyn Boyd, who was the first African American chief of the North Miami police department until she was dismissed in 2008.
They are battling to replace Mayor Andre Pierre who can no longer run due to term limits. Pierre once had to pay a fine of $8,000 to the Florida Ethics Commission for not properly reporting campaign contributions. He is also accused of having purchased police style badges for his friends.