Haitian-American Lucie Tondreau Wins North Miami Mayoral Race

Civic leader and Haitian-American, Lucie Tondreau, has become North Miami's first female mayor. She beat incumbent Kevin Burns with nearly two-thirds of the vote, in an uncontested election.


Seven-year old Lucie and her family escaped Haiti in 1967 during the violent dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier. They relocated to Montréal where Lucie grew up. After traveling in the Caribbean and Africa, Lucie returned to New York and worked as a journalist, becoming deeply involved in the Haitian Diaspora community. She hosted both her own television and radio programs, and wrote on Diaspora issues.

Lucie eventually realized she could be of more service to Haitians arriving in Miami, who needed help assimilating. She re-settled permanently in Miami, and became a champion for voting and human rights issues. She also participated in delivering aid support to survivors when natural disasters occurred in Miami (a hurricane) and Haiti (the earthquake), in 2005 and 2010.

She runs her own immigration consulting firm and serves on the boards of several local, state, and international committees, including Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition and Florida Commission on the Status of Women. In her first foray into politics in 2002, she nearly beat out her wealthy opponent, running a locally-funded campaign for county commissioner.

Lucie's curriculum vitae demonstrate the breadth and depth of her commitment to Haitian-American causes. The sweep of her involvement in community activism, and broad appeal to Diaspora voters, and beyond, sets the stage for state-government politics as an appointee or electoral choice.

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