By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Rodneyse Bichotte.

Kimberly Jean Pierre.

Clyde Vanel.

These are the names of a few Haitian-American elected officials. These days, there are so many of them that an association has sprung: The National Haitian American Elected Officials Network, or NHAEON. For a community that fretted over whether they should host political candidates seeking the small-but-significant Haitian vote at the time less than 20 years ago, this is indeed heady stuff.

The other day, a friend observed that when there was a lack in Haitian-American political elected officials in government, we the people garnered more resources from politicians. Perhaps the thinking goes a little bit like this: “Now that we have our own in office, they should know what our needs are and take care of them.”


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