Results Roundup For Haitian-Americans In 2020 State And Local Races
Scores of Haitian-American candidates were on ballots across the country to represent their communities, mostly in Florida and New York. Here are the results of their elections.
State Legislature Races
Dotie Joseph, Florida House District 108 (WON)
Joseph ran unopposed for her 108th District in Miami-Dade County.
This is her second term in the Florida House of Representatives, where she serves on the Energy & Utilities, Higher Education Appropriations, Collective Bargaining, and Local Administration Subcommittees.
Marie Woodson, Florida House District 101 (WON)
Woodson ran against Republican Vincent Parlatore for the 101st District in Southeast Broward County. She won by 74.1% (51,160) compared to Parlatore’s 25.9% (17,912).
This will be Woodson’s first term in the Florida House of Representatives. Prior to running for office, the Port-de-Paix, Haiti native worked as a public administrator for Miami-Dade County for over 30 years, retiring in 2018.
Nancy St. Clair, Florida House District 92 (LOST)
St. Clair, who ran nonpartisan, lost to Democrat Patricia Hawkins-Williams for the 92nd House District representing Northeast Broward County. Hawkins-Williams received 81.2% of the vote (49,439) , while St. Clair garnered 18.8% (11,474).
St. Clair is currently in law school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
Gepsie Metellus, Miami-Dade County Commission (LOST)
Metellus ran non-partisan for County Commissioner in Miami-Dade’s District 3, losing to Keon Hardemon, who ran non-partisan as well. Metellus received 33.2% of the vote (21,732), compared to Hardemon’s 66.8% (43,674 votes).
She is the co-founder and executive director of Sant La Neighborhood Center, a social service organization serving Haitian immigrants in South Florida.
Linda Julien, Miami Gardens Council (WON)
Julien ran non-partisan for Seat 5 on the Miami Gardens City Council. She received 33.6% of the vote (250), compared to incumbent Andre Williams, who received 24.19% (180 votes).
She is the Economic Development Manager for the City of North Miami.
Nadia Assad, Lauderhill Commissioner (LOST)
Assad finished last in the race for the Seat 3 Commissioner in the city of Lauderhill. She received 27.7% of the vote (7,792), compared to Ray Martin’s 38.5% (10,824 votes) and Kelly Davis’ 33.9% (9,534 votes).
She works as an administration assistant for the City of Fort Lauderdale.
Nancy Metayer, Coral Springs Commissioner (WON)
Metayer ran non-partisan for District 3 of the Coral Springs City Commission, beating five other candidates to win 32% of the vote (19,149).
A Coral Springs resident for over 20 years, she works as a statewide coalition manager for NEO Philanthropy, a nonprofit organization focusing on social justice movements.
Daniela Jean (WON), Ketley Joachim (LOST) and Raphael Dube (LOST), North Miami Beach Commissioner
Jean, an author and risk management specialist for the City of North Miami, won 34% of the vote (4,968) for Seat 3 of the North Miami City Commission.
Joachim, a community advocate residing in North Miami Beach, won 14% (2,068). Dube, a mortgage loan originator, finished with 12% of the vote(1,836).
Constantin Jean-Pierre, 9th Congressional District (LOST)
Republican Jean-Pierre lost to Yvette Clarke, who has served in the position since 2013. Jean-Pierre received 17.6% (36,847 votes) to Clarke’s 81.5% (170,898 votes). Overall, 209,962 votes were cast in the Brooklyn district.
He has worked for the New York City Department of Correction, as well as coaching youth sports.
State Legislature Race
Kimberly Jean-Pierre, New York State Assembly District 11 (WON)
Jean-Pierre, a Democrat, successfully won a 4th term representing New York State’s Assembly District 11 in Suffolk County. She received 55% of the vote (22,094). Her Republican challenger, Eugene Murray, received 45% (18,107).
Jean-Pierre chairs the Subcommittee on Banking in Underserved Communities.
Michaelle C. Solages, New York State Assembly District 22 (WON)
Solages, a Democrat, will be entering her fifth term as Assembly Member representing District 22 in Nassau County. She received 65.8% of the vote (33,747). Her Republican challenger Nicholas Zacchea received 34.2% (17,546) of ballots cast in the race.
In the Assembly, Solages chairs the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus.
Clyde Vanel, New York State Assembly District 33 (WON)
Vanel, who ran unopposed, will be serving his third term in the state assembly representing District 33 in southeast Queens. He received 97.67% of ballots cast.
Vanel currently chairs the Subcommittee on Internet and New Technology in the Assembly.
Rodneyse Bichotte, New York State Assembly District 42 (WON)
Bichotte, who has been serving in the New York State Assembly since 2015, ran unopposed for District 42 in Central Brooklyn. She received 97.25% of ballots cast.
She chairs the Subcommittee on the Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (MWBE) in the State Assembly.
Mathylde Frontus, New York State Assembly District 46 (LOST)
Frontus, the Democratic incumbent, lost to Republican Mark Szuszkiewicz for Assembly District 46 in south Brooklyn. She received 45.7% of the vote (15,030), compared to Szuszkiewicz’s 54.3% (17,852).
Prior to serving in the Assembly,
Phara Souffrant Forrest, New York State Assembly District 57 (WON)
Forrest beat incumbent Walter T. Mosley for District 57, which covers the areas of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn. She won 74.4% of the vote (31,857), compared to Mosley’s 25.6% (10,973 votes).
She is a nurse, tenant activist and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
This roundup was originally published in The Haitian Times.