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Campaign workers hand out flyers to passersby in a last-minute effort to convince would-be voters near the YMCA on Flatbush Ave. By Leonardo March

On a rainy, gloomy Primary Day, Brooklynite Karl Scarder walked up to the Erasmus Hall High School polling site in Flatbush, clutching campaign literature - Mathieu Eugene for borough president, Josue Pierre for District 40 council member and several others. 

Without a favorite candidate, Scarder said he planned to look things over before making a decision on his vote. His chosen candidate, ideally, will address the rising cost of living. 

“People are working, but with their salary, they cannot afford to pay the rent,” Scarder said. “They must be able to do something for the [lower-income] class of people.” 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.