Haitian candidates team up to raise funds
Five Haitian-American candidates running for City Council seats in Boston, Malden, Brockton, and Randolph are teaming up to shovel some cash into their coffers. A 6 p.m. fundraiser is planned for Aug. 30 at Lantana in Randolph.
Jean-Claude Sanon, a Mattapan community activist, is running for one of the four City Council At-Large seats in Boston, while Fred Fontaine and Marc Lucas are both looking at seats in Brockton. Nekita Lamour is running for a seat in Malden, and Ricardo Bonachy Telemaque has his sights set on a council slot in Randolph.
One of the organizers is a former Boston Haitian Reporter contributor, Yolette Ibokette, who wrote a July 2009 article on the five candidates.
â€œItâ€™s just not something we do in our culture,â€ she said. â€œWe might support candidates, but taking money out of our pockets, itâ€™s just something thatâ€™s really foreign to us. Those of us who have been here for a while, we are aware you have to do this. But many, many Haitians donâ€™t realize the importance of that.â€
In Boston, Sanon is running against 14 other candidates. A Sept. 22 preliminary will whittle the field down to eight contenders.
The money raised from the fundraiser will be split equally five ways, according to organizers. Tickets are $20.
Ibokette is organizing the fundraiser with singer Mirlande Butler.