- (Photo: Facebook/Anna Pierre)
A registered nurse claiming she was endorsed by Jesus lost the bid for mayor of North Miami, Fla., in Tuesday's election, reportedly finishing last in a line of six other candidates.
Anna Pierre, a Haitian native who reportedly moved to America after recording a hit pop song in the Caribbean country, made headlines last week when she announced on her Facebook group and on campaign stops that her official endorsement for her mayoral candidacy was Jesus Christ.
"Yes, Jesus endorsed me!" Pierre reportedly told the local news station NBC 6 South Florida during a campaign stop at the Gwen Margolis Community Center on Tuesday.
"I'm not nuts, if I'm a freak and nuts for Jesus, let it be! Let the world know that Jesus is it and when you have Jesus on your side you can go on," Pierre added.
Pierre also posted a campaign poster on her official Facebook page which read "Endorsed by Jesus Christ," although it makes no other mention of Christianity on the poster.
Pierre's claims of being divinely endorsed didn't help her on election day, as local news sources reported the candidate only received 56 votes, totaling .83 percent.
The registered nurse took to her Facebook page following the election results to refute the final vote count, claiming that corruption played a hand in the election results.
"My Jesus has control over my life and the title of mayor doesn't define who I am as a person," Pierre wrote on her Facebook.
According to her official election website, Pierre said that should she have been elected mayor, she would have focused her concern on ending corruption, improving health care for seniors, and creating award programs for accomplished youth to motivate education.
Pierre made claims that she was being attacked by an unknown group of people attempting to use voodoo against her by leaving items such as pennies and chicken feathers on her doorstep.
The former candidate told The Miami Herald that she received threats via phone call demanding she drop out of the race.
In spite of these apparent hurdles, Pierre told the newspaper last month that she never lost her faith in Jesus.
"I have people in Haiti, Canada, and the U.S. praying for me," she said. "I have Jesus with me."
Pierre told NBC 6 News that she wasn't sure if Jesus "liked" her more than the other mayoral candidates, but she did know of Jesus' infinite love for her.
"I don't know about if [Jesus] likes me more, but what I can tell you, I know he loves me very much," Pierre said. "If it wasn't for the love of Jesus I wouldn't be standing here today."
Pierre's fellow candidates in the North Miami mayoral race included Gwendolyn V. Boyd, Kevin Burns, Modira Escarment, Dr. Smith Joseph, Jean Rodrigue Marcellus, and Lucie Tondreau.
Kevin Burns and Lucie Tondreau won Tuesday's election and will be advancing to the June 4 runoffs.
Burns reportedly received 2,254 votes, while Tondreau received 1,870 votes, according to NBC 6.