Haitian American Ends State Senate Bid, Eyes N.Y. City Council

NEW YORK – Less than seven months after he announced plans to contest the 21st State Senate seat in Brooklyn, Haitian District Leader Josue “Josh” Pierre has terminated his campaign in favor of vying for New York City Council in the 40th District in Brooklyn, New York.

Pierre2“Pierre”The 40th District is currently represented by Pierre’s compatriot Dr. Mathieu Eugene, the first Haitian to hold elective office on the New York City Council. Eugene’s term of office ends next year.

“After several weeks of deliberation, I have decided to run for City Council in 2021 and end my campaign for State Senate,” Pierre, a twice-elected New York State Democratic Committeeman, representing Flatbush, Brooklyn, told the Caribbean Media Corporation  (CMC) last month.

“ … By running for City Council, I will be able to continue my years-long collaboration with community leaders, activists and non-profit groups who are fighting for affordable housing, education equity, small businesses and a better overall quality of life.”

GROWING LIST

Pierre joins a growing list of Haitian-born or Haitian Americans who hold, or are seeking, elective office in New York.

He has served as a Democratic District Leader for the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn since 2016, which is represented by Haitian American New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, daughter of Haitian immigrants, who was recently elected chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.

In Nov. 2018, Mathylde Frontus, daughter of Haitian immigrants, was elected as the Democratic representative for the 46th Assembly District in Brooklyn, covering the neighborhoods of Coney Island and Sea Gate, as well as parts of Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Dyker Heights and Gravesend.

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