Jean-Claude Sanon keeps his Eyes on the Prize, the District Five Seat

Jean-Claude Sanon, Haitian-American activist, is making his second run for elective office this November. His first run was in 2009 for a council seat. This time Sanon will run for District Five seat in Boston. The opportunity to run occurred in early 2013 when Rob Consalvo vacated the seat to make a Mayoral run. Sanon's opponent for District Five seat is Tim McCarthy. McCarthy's run for the seat will be his first try at elective office.


Although Jean-Claude Sanon trailed McCarthy in the number of votes he received in the preliminary election, he will get some wind beneath his wings, through the City Council re-districting of District Five. It includes Mattapan, largely Haitian-American, which has been enlarged. Sanon could outpace McCarthy, even though McCarthy's war chest is seven times the size of Sanon's according to figures released in the last half of October.

Jean-Claude Sanon has garnered several notable endorsements in the past month: Haitian-American Democratic Senator Linda Dorcena Forry; John Barros, a political heavy-hitter; and EIU 1199, a labor union. McCarthy has earned endorsements from the Haitian-American Political Action Committee and The Boston Herald. McCarthy says he does not depend heavily on endorsements. "It's (more) word of mouth . . . a handshake . . . a door knock"

Jean-Claude Sanon believes with endorsements from state representatives Marie St. Fleur and Willie Mae Allen; he stands a good chance of coming out the winner, after the ballots have been tabulated.

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