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Haitian-American Legislator Daphne Campbell Loses State Senate Seat to Jason Pizzo

Daphne Campbell, Miami’s scandal-plagued and sole Haitian-American state legislator, is out in District 38 — and wealthy former prosecutor Jason Pizzo is in — after a tough primary battle open to all voters no matter the political affiliation.

Campbell was outflanked on the left in a district that leans so Democratic that Republicans didn’t bother putting up a challenger. Eight years of conservative-leaning votes on abortion, gay rights, school prayer and charter schools left her on the outs with Democrats. The Miami-Dade party recently sent her a letter highlighting her “questionable ethics” and asking that she answer for an illegal mailer sent to Republicans that urged a vote for Campbell in District 38.

The diverse northeast Miami-Dade district, which includes the largest Haitian population in the country, is now headed by Pizzo, who spent more than a million dollars of his own money on a campaign emphasizing public safety, climate change and a living wage for workers. Last election he came in second in a crowded six-way primary that Campbell narrowly won.

This time, with all the votes tallied late Tuesday, Pizzo walked away easily with nearly a 9-percent victory margin. Continue reading

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
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August 29, 2018

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