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Little funding, late start and lower support led to Metellus loss
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Little funding, late start and lower support led to Metellus loss

As executive director of the nonprofit Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center, Metellus has led the social services agency to help tens of thousands of Haitians find gainful employment, access public benefits and integrate into the community since its inception in 2000. With that track record, the lifelong public servant appeared to have a good chance of winning a seat.

Biden victory brings joy, hope to Haitian-Americans
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Biden victory brings joy, hope to Haitian-Americans

“Specifically for the Haitian community, I needed us to win, because I need them to understand that their vote does matter,” said Dorsainvil, who manages the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. “This is the first step to (Haitian-Americans) exercising all of their rights in this political system.”

Haitian-Americans pleased they got to vote, but anxious over stalemate
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Haitian-Americans pleased they got to vote, but anxious over stalemate

On the morning of Nov. 4, voters across the country awoke to the news that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had lost the state to President Donald Trump. By Wednesday afternoon, the overall winner of the presidential election was still too close to call, as swing states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan counted mail-in ballots.

Haitian-Americans await election results after strong showing at the polls
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Haitian-Americans await election results after strong showing at the polls

During Florida’s early voting period Oct. 19 to Nov. 1, Haitian-American voters often cited the fate of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic among the leading reasons motivating them to vote. Those who said they voted for the president tended to care more about the economy over issues like immigration.

At Biden rally, Haitian-Americans in Broward County display eager support
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At Biden rally, Haitian-Americans in Broward County display eager support

Held in Coconut Creek, a city about 16 miles from Fort Lauderdale, the rally was Biden’s last attempts to connect his message of economic reform to racial equality. The Democratic nominee discussed his goal of making Fortune 500 companies and individuals making more than $400,000 per year pay their fair share in taxes. He also criticized Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the president refuses to listen to science.

At Miami Gardens voting station, council candidate takes direct outreach to new level
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At Miami Gardens voting station, council candidate takes direct outreach to new level

In a presidential election year, where the names at the top of the ballots dominate, many residents do not know for whom to vote at the municipal level. Julien, who works as economic development manager for the City of North Miami, is taking the direct engagement route to make sure that voters know about her race and choose her ‒ even if she has to appeal to them herself, all day every day.

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