Marleine Bastien's campaign team cheers at her victory at an election watch party at the Holiday Inn in Miami on November 8, 2022. (Haitian Times/Ashley Miznazi)

MIAMI  — Marleine Bastien, a longtime community organizer and activist, is stepping into the role of being the first Haitian woman to hold a Miami-Dade County Commission seat. Her win in the hotly contested race that once featured four Haitian Americans largely reflects the path of South Florida’s Haitian community in many ways, some say.

In the Nov. 8 races, several Haitian Americans held on to their seats, while others lost a congressional contest and a state race. According to the Miami-Dade supervisor of elections and AP Election Board, here’s a roundup of results in key races impacting Haitians as of late Tuesday.

Miami-Dade County Commission District 2

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.