Locals react to mayoral candidate endorsed by Jesus
NORTH MIAMI (WSVN) -- North Miami's race for mayor is making its way to the finish line, but not everybody is amped up.
North Miami resident David Biderman said, "There's a lot of dirty politics going on. All I can say is, I'm not getting involved this year."
North Miami voter Ann Simpson said, "It's definitely the usual controversy."
Biderman added, "It's a black-white thing, as far as I'm concerned. There's a lot of racial tension going on."
Racial tension between the blossoming Haitian-American community and some white residents in Miami-Dade County's fifth largest city has long dominated headlines, but this year election day also comes with a religious dynamic for at least one candidate. "Yes, I'm endorsed by Jesus, but I'm gonna be the mayor for all of North Miami!" said Anna Pierre.
Pierre is a nurse who is saying she will provide her city free health care and new jobs. She is spelling out her endorsement for the public in big bold letters, complete with a picture of Jesus. "From the minute I applied, people started to give me problems; obviously death threats to intimidate me, asking me to leave them," said Pierre.
The 54-year-old said she is taking the religious campaign route because a Voodoo curse has plagued her run for mayor. A hex, she said, came with chicken feathers and candles placed outside her office door.
North Miami voter Grover Rawlings said, "You gotta remember this is North Miami. Many, many years ago, I had a roommate from Haiti, and I saw him basically destroyed by a supposed Voodoo hex. There are people who are very, very vulnerable to this."
Pierre said, "Well, if I'm a freak and a nut for Jesus, let it be."
Pierre is not related to current out-going Mayor Andre Pierre, who has been called a lightning rod of controversy himself.
On Tuesday night, a new mayor will get elected, but some say the controversy will stay put.
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