Josue Pierre at the 51st West Indian American Day Parade. Photo Credit: Josue Pierre Facebook
Josue Pierre at the 51st West Indian American Day Parade. Photo Credit: Josue Pierre Facebook

By Jonathan Greig

Election Day is approaching quickly and voters in the 42nd Assembly District are heading to the polls on Thursday with a number of important decisions to make in hotly contested state legislative party primaries. One of the most important local races is for male district leader of the 42nd Assembly District, which covers Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood.

Incumbent Josue Pierre won the seat in 2016, taking over for longtime district leader and president of the 70th Police Precinct Community Council, Ed Powell, after being elected to both the Democratic County Committee and the Judicial Convention in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

District leaders are unpaid but generally work to encourage local residents to be more engaged in the community politically, champion pertinent local issues within the country’s executive committee and vote to elect Democratic party leaders or judicial candidates.

Pierre, born in Haiti and raised in the Flatbush area, has worked ardently to promote and encourage increased political engagement within the Haitian-American community in the 42nd District. With the help of powerful Haitian-American Assemblywoman and female district leader Rodneyse Bichotte, he has been able to consolidate political influence in the area and give local residents a platform to voice concerns about pressing issues like immigration, housing and jobs.


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Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig is a journalist based in New York City working as a contributing writer for CBS Interactive. He recently returned to the United States after reporting from South Africa, Jordan, and Cambodia...