city elections are a year away from getting
started, but one Haitian community activist is
already revving up a campaign for an at-large seat.
Jean Claude Sanon, a community organizer who has
been on the radio since 1985, launched a bid this
week for one of the four at-large seats on the City
"We need representation at the top of the City
Council," Sanon said of Haitian Americans. Sanon
has worked on several local campaigns, including
former Treasurer Shannon O'Brien's run for the
governor's office in 2002. He hosts a radio program
called "Eye Opener," and teaches English as a
Second Language and citizenship classes.
Sanon said he is launching the campaign this
early in the season to put his name out there.
"I'm not the most well-known" outside of the
Haitian community, he said, noting that he recently
finished a campaign training program with Suffolk
University and Oiste, a Latino political
If elected, he said he would focus on crime and
violence prevention. Sanon, a longtime activist in
the Mattapan area, moved to Mattapan a year ago. He
has also lived in Milton, Boston proper and
Norwood, he said. Current at-large city councillors
include Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Sam Yoon,
and Michael Flaherty, whom many expect to challenge
Mayor Thomas Menino.
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