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City council candidates, left to right: Republican District 31 candidate Vanessa Simon, independent District 45 candidate Lou Cespedes and Republican District 40 candidate Constantin Jean-Pierre.

City council Democratic primary candidates treated the June 22 election as the decisive contest, in some cases celebrating their anticipated victories as results came in. Despite running in a largely Democratic district, council candidates like Constantin Jean-Pierre have not given up. 

A Republican candidate in District 40, Jean-Pierre said he has personally campaigned door-to-door, in advance of the Nov. 2 general election. District 40 encompasses parts of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Crown Heights. 

“I’m talking to a lot of people, and they are slowly but surely starting to be more receptive,” said Jean-Pierre, 49. “I’m pro small business [and] trying to help those guys stay afloat.” 

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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 or on Twitter @sambojarski.