For years the Haitian community has dabbled into local politics; first, as facilitators and then as candidates. The community’s foray, like all other new immigrant groups, has had its fair share of stumbles and a few successes.
But now, the community has come of age and two Haitian Americans have managed strong campaigns and stand a good chance of being elected to the New York State Assembly and Senate: Rodneyse Bichotte and Rubain Dorancy respectively.
The Haitian Times strongly endorses these candidates and we urge our supporters to vote for them in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9. These are two highly-educated candidates with deep community ties in Brooklyn. They cross ethnicity and racial identity politics, while remaining close to their Haitian roots.
Bichotte was born in Brooklyn and is now seeking the 42nd Assembly District, which encompasses Flatbush Ditmas Park, Midwood and its environs. She earned an engineering degree from SUNY Buffalo and an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at the prestigious Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has ties to Wall Street and has dedicated her life to politics for the last several years and is now a district leader in Brooklyn.
She is smart, well versed in the issues and has a passion for public service. She would be a welcome fresh face in Albany where too many politicians have skirted the law that they are sworn to uphold. New York City and Brooklyn need quality representation and the citizens of the 42
nd Assembly District should do well by electing Rodneyse Bichotte as their representative.
Dorancy is also born and raised in Brooklyn, earning his BS at Brooklyn College and a law degree at Brooklyn Law School. He is no stranger to local politics as well, and has served on the local school board. He’s spent his career working in the public sector and understands the annals of politics as well as anyone. The seat he is running for is the 20th Senate District, a position that became vacant when Eric Adams successfully ran for Brooklyn Borough President. The district is quite diverse and traverses tony Park Slope through gritty East New York. Rubain Dorancy is energetic and would bring some well needed energy to a body that is not known for its creativity in solving some of the issues facing the state and the city.
The Haitian Times is proud of the achievements of these two promising Haitian American public servants and enthusiastically endorse Rodneyse Bichotte and Rubain Dorancy.