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Caribbean L 24 ife, Sept. 6, 2019 BQ
Josue Pierre declares
candidacy for state senate
By Nelson A. King
Josue “Josh” Pierre, a Haitian-born
Democratic District Leader in Flatbush,
Brooklyn has officially declared his candidacy
for State Senate in the 21st District,
joining a growing list of Haitianborn
or Haitian Americans who hold, or
are seeking, elective office in New York.
“Last year, a new era dawned in Albany
with the defeat of the IDC (Independent
Democratic Caucus), the Republicans,
and do-nothing Democrats who
cozy up to real estate and special interests
instead of speaking out for their
constituents,” said Pierre in declaring
his candidacy for the district that is currently
represented by African American
New York Sen. Kevin Parker.
“As an immigrant and a member
of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender and Queer) community,
I’ve seen firsthand the progress we’ve
made,” he added. “But our fight for
affordable housing, fully-funded public
schools, and access to healthcare is not
“That’s why I’m running for State
Senate: to fight for our values and deliver
the change we need,” continued Pierre,
who migrated with his family from Haiti
when he was five years old.
He said he has lived in the 21st District
since migration, attended public
schools and graduated from Baruch College,
City University of New York, with a
degree in accounting.
Pierre most recently served as the
Brooklyn Borough Director for New
York City Comptroller Scott Stringer,
where he led a team to connect Brooklyn
residents with government resources
He has also served as a Democratic
District Leader for the 42nd Assembly
District since 2016, which is represented
by Haitian American New York State
Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte,
the daughter of Haitian immigrants.
In addition, Pierre is a founding
member of the Brooklyn-based Shirley
Chisholm Democratic Club that is
named after the late Caribbean American
congresswoman, the first Black
woman to seek the Democratic Party’s
nomination for the US Presidency.
Shirley Anita Chisholm (née St. Hill;
Haitian Josue Pierre. Jonathan Ystad
Nov. 30, 1924 – Jan. 1, 2005) was the
daughter of Barbadian and Guyanese
In 1968, she became the first Black
woman elected to the United States
House of Representatives, representing
the then 12th Congressional District
in Brooklyn for seven terms, from 1969
Last November, Haitian American
Mathylde Frontus, the daughter of Haitian
immigrants, was elected as the
Democratic representative for the 46th
Assembly District in Brooklyn, covering
the neighborhoods of Coney Island
and Sea Gate, as well as parts of Bath
Beach, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach,
Dyker Heights and Gravesend.
In May, Haitian American Farah
Louis, also the daughter of Haitian
immigrants, was elected to the 45th
Council District in Brooklyn in a Special
Election to replace New York City Councilman
Jumaane Williams, the son of
Grenadian immigrants, who was elected
New York City Public Advocate.
Louis was re-elected in the general
elections six weeks later, handsomely
beating a host of Caribbean contenders.
Her district encompasses parts of Flatbush
and East Flatbush in Brooklyn.
Louis’s 45th Council District juxtaposes
the 40th Council District in
Brooklyn, which is represented by
Haitian-born Dr. Mathieu Eugene. Dr.
Eugene’s district also comprises parts of
Flatbush and East Flatbush.
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