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Bounced Check Disqualifies North Miami Mayoral Candidate



North Miami is used to colorful and contentious elections. But this election season, voters will be spared the drama in the mayoral race.

Mayor Smith Joseph was facing former North Miami councilman Jean Marcellus as his sole opponent. But Marcellus has been disqualified from running after his $2,400 qualifying check bounced, according to city spokeswoman Pam Solomon.

"Our current mayor, Mayor Smith Joseph, is running unopposed." she said. 

On Tuesday morning, Joseph said he thanks God for the opportunity to continue to lead North Miami.

"I plan to continue to implement various projects that will take North Miami to new heights as far as economic development and job opportunities," he said. 

Records show Joseph raised $5,000, all of which he loaned to himself. Marcellus had no treasurer reports on file. 

With Mayor Smith Joseph unopposed, North Miami voters can focus on who will replace Councilwoman Marie Steril in the District 4 seat.