Haitian Americans Seek Greater Political Clout in South Florida

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Published on June 04, 2012 with No Comments

Marleine Bastien is the executive director of the Fanm Ayisyen Miyami Inc. (FANM), or Haitian Women of Miami. (Taimy Alvarez, Sun Sentinel / November 22, 2011)

Despite being one of South Florida’s fastest growing ethnic groups, Haitian Americans remain hard to find on the political stage in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The community hasn’t gained the clout seen in Miami-Dade County or achieved by other minority groups in this region, though 140,000 Broward and Palm Beach County residents now identify themselves as Haitian — nearly twice the number registered in the 2000 census.

In Broward, no Haitian Americans are serving as city or county commissioners. In Palm Beach County, there is one state representative, who is currently running for a state Senate seat, and a Haitian American city commissioner in Delray BeachRead more…

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