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JM | Nov 6, 2020

Mixed results for Jamaican candidates in US elections

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Democratic State House candidate for Georgia’s 105th district, Jamaican Donna McLeod, is all smiles with fellow compatriot Kamala Harris in August, weeks before both creating history in the November elections in the US. (Photo: Facebook @DonnaMcLeod105)

 By Durrant Pate

There were mixed results for the Jamaicans that put up themselves as candidates for various positions in the just-held November 3 elections in the United States.

As was expected New York, Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, a second-generation congresswoman with Jamaican lineage easily retained her Brooklyn Congressional seat. In fact, she polled the highest percentage of votes of any other New York congressional candidate.

The proud daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Congresswoman Clarke has been serving as the U.S. Representative for New York’s 9th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, she first entered Congress in 2007, representing New York’s 11th congressional district until redistricting.

Clarke previously was a member of the New York City Council, representing the 40th district in Brooklyn from 2002 to 2006. There was success for Donna McLeod over in Georgia, as she managed to hold her State House seat, as did Marcia Ranglin-Vassell over in the Rhode Island State House of Representatives.

The Jamaican winners over in Florida were Hazel Rogers, Mayor of Lauderhill Lakes in Florida; and New York State Supreme Court Judge, Sam Walker.

Congresswoman for Brooklyn, Yvette Clarke. (Photo:

Jamaican Carol Sharpe was also victorious, as she won her race to become a New York State Supreme Court judge in Manhattan, while Melissa Dunn tasted victory in becoming the County Commissioner in Lauderhill.

Justice Sharpe, representing the Democratic Party is also a judge of the New York Supreme Court 1st Judicial District. She assumed office in 2018 and was elected during Tuesday’s election. She grew up in Kingston and is the sixth of seven children for her parents, Dorothy and Scebert Sharpe.

In Jamaica, she attended the Half-Way Tree Primary and The Queen’s schools. Things didn’t go so well with Jackie Gordon and Kay Maragh, as they came up losers.

Gordon, the Congressional candidate for the 2nd Congressional District in Long Island lost her bid to become the first Jamaica-born member of the US House of Representatives, while Maragh was unsuccessful as the Mayoral candidate for the City of Palm Bay in Florida.


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