Tensions rise in Palmetto Bay vice mayor race over flyer

2016-11-08T20:57:43+00:00 November 8th, 2016|News, Pickups, Politics|

A polling site at the Palmetto Bay library became the site of a “verbal disagreement” between the current vice mayor of the village and a representative of a woman seeking to replace him.

Beth Kibler, campaigning on behalf of Erica Watts, claimed she was being followed around by Palmetto Bay Vice Mayor John DuBois, who is up for reelection. DuBois could not be immediately reached for comment.

Kibler accused DuBois of taking a flyer out of a voter’s hand. The flyer, in part, focused on a controversy involving DuBois allowing a family friend to stay at his home following the friend’s arrest for allegedly molesting a then 9-year-old girl.

Three Palmetto Bay police officers showed up at around 2:20 p.m. and talked to both Kibler and DuBois as well as other campaigners.  

Joseph Romainson, sitting in a truck with a banner supporting Miami-Dade mayor candidate Raquel Regalado, said it all happened very fast. 

“I was on my phone after I came back from the bathroom, and when I look up, the police are arriving,” he said.

Palmetto Bay police Sgt. D. Fernandez said there was a verbal disagreement between Dubois and Kibler, and a report had been made. 

— Alexandra Rodriguez, South Florida News Service

The Miami Herald ran a version of this story on Nov. 8, 2016.