Carol Keys’ cellphone rings every day with Creole-speaking supporters on the other end, recounting the latest accusations about her on Haitian radio.
Keys, a North Miami council candidate for District 2, does not speak Creole. But her opponent does.
In North Miami where a third of the population is of Haitian descent and the community is vying to have a super-majority for the first time on the city council, Creole-language radio is vital. It can make or break a candidate.
And candidates like Keys agree: whether they speak the language or not, they have to keep tabs on the latest chatter on the AM radio dial.
It’s all about controlling the narrative.
Voters in North Miami will go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in a runoff election to select a mayor and two council members.
“There are a lot of community leaders who are going on and absolutely lying about me,” said Keys, 60. “People who are elected officials, directors in our city, they’re on the radio and lying.”