When Patricia Saintil-Joseph introduced her husband, Dr. Smith Joseph, as the newly elected Mayor of North Miami, you’d have thought that a rock star had walked into the room. Whoops of joy filled the Mayor Elect’s victory party at the filled to capacity Moca Cafe last night. The air of excitement was undeniable.
After months of campaigning, a race decided by a nearly 10 point lead finally came to an end. Dr. Joseph’s acceptance speech was one of the most inspiring I have ever heard, given by a humble, unassuming man who took the high road in what could have been a contentious election.
He first thanked his amazing (and beautiful) wife, who worked tirelessly to get her husband’s message out to the voters, followed by expressions of gratitude to all who helped him in his campaign. It was a pleasant surprise to hear Dr. Joseph address his supporters in English, French, Creole and Spanish. By doing so, the new Mayor sent a symbolic, but perfectly clear message that he intends to represent all the residents of North Miami. This is a sign of a true leader.
On the evening before the election, Ms. Santil-Joseph told me that they did all they could possibly do, and that the final decision will belong to the people of North Miami.
With 7,048 of the 12,967 ballots cast in Dr. Joseph’s favor (per updated Miami-Dade County Elections Official Results), I’d say the people of North Miami have decidedly spoken.
In the final analysis, I’m pleased to report that Smith Joseph did not resort to a single dirty political trick during the entire election. He made it very clear from the beginning that his only objective was to bring much needed integrity to the North Miami City Council – the same integrity he brought with him on the campaign trail.
Dr. Smith Joseph did not send out hit pieces attacking his opponent, nor were any mailers sent out on his behalf by mysterious Political Action Committees or Electioneering Communications Organizations.
He didn’t pay for radio air time to spread rumors or tell lies about his opponent.
He didn’t squander his own time by trashing any sitting or former Council members or Mayors.
He made no promises other than to serve the City of North Miami to the best of his ability.
Dr. Smith Joseph simply reached out to the residents of North Miami, expressed his sincere desire to work for them, and asked them to trust in his vision for the future of their city.
I’ve been actively engaged in politics my entire adult life, and blogging about local elections for several years. I can tell you without a doubt that Dr. Joseph has run as clean a campaign as any I’ve ever seen. His Campaign Treasurer’s Reports all appear to be in order. He has not been accused of any misconduct or disregard for the laws of either the State of Florida or the Charter of the City of North Miami. No one has filed any complaints against Dr. Joseph with any Ethics Commission or the Florida Elections Commission.
Most importantly, Smith Joseph has never been indicted or arrested for anything.
Considering this is North Miami we’re talking about, that is a big deal!
But, what I most admire about Dr. Smith Joseph is that he is a genuine human being and a true gentleman.
Dr. Joseph has already earned the trust of the majority of voters in North Miami. For the sake of your community, I hope all the residents – and especially those who did not vote for him – will give him the opportunity to prove that your trust is well deserved.
Congratulations to Mayor Elect Joseph on a campaign well run and best wishes for a successful term in office.
“Spreading the Wealth”