North Miami Mayor Court Battle Begins

Former North Miami mayor Kevin Burns filed a lawsuit alleging that Lucie Tondreau did not live in North Miami for at least one year before the election.

By Camila Bernal and Bobby Brooks
|  Monday, Sep 9, 2013  |  Updated 3:01 PM EDT
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Former North Miami mayor Kevin Burns filed a lawsuit against current mayor Lucie Tondreau for allegedly not living in the city one year prior to her election.

Former North Miami mayor Kevin Burns filed a lawsuit against current mayor Lucie Tondreau for allegedly not living in the city one year prior to her election.

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Former North Miami mayor Kevin Burns, who was defeated by Lucie Tondreau in a runoff election earlier this month, wants the new mayor tossed out of office. He filed a lawsuit Tuesday, alleging that Tondreau did not live in North Miami for at least one year before the election, as the city's law requires. Tondreau said she didn't know anything about the lawsuit and had no comment.
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Court hearings began Monday in the lawsuit of North Miami mayor, Lucie Tondreau, who is accused of not living in the city for at least one year before the election, as the city's law requires.

Former North Miami mayor Kevin Burns, who wants Tondreau tossed out of office, filed the suit alleging that Tondreau did not live in North Miami for at least one year before the election.

Monday the court was expected to look at Tondreau’s cell phone records, which hope to prove where she was living during the time in question.

Burns said the court battle is not a way of trying to get back in office, despite losing to North Miami Tondreau for office.

“In the initial election I came in first. In the runoff, I did not beat her by the votes. However, Youre not allowed to vote for somebody who is not qualified to be on the ballot,” Burns said. “Whether they order a reelection a runoff election, that fine with me. It’s not about me, it’s about following the law and protecting our democratic process.

Tondreau was not available for comment.

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