Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Florida’s 20th District elected congresswoman. Photo via Voyage MIA

In a crowded field to fill the seat of a Florida congressional representative who died in office, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, one of two Haitian-Americans in the race for Florida’s 20th District, brought Haiti’s front and center as a campaign issue. 

At a candidate forum Tuesday, Cherfilus-McCormick opened up about her frustration with U.S. elected officials whom she said make decisions for Haiti. And she wants them to stop it.

“When we see elected officials rush in, impersonating Haitian people, [making] decisions for us, it angers us,” Cherfilus-McCormick said during a virtual forum organized by Broward County Alumnae Chapter and other groups. “We really want to see our country be independent.”

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.