On Tuesday November 7th, Massachusetts made history. The commonwealth elected Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, Brockton’s first Haitian-American male Councillor-at-Large. Eunice Delice Zeigler, Methuen East District first black, first Haitian-American east district Councillor and Natacha Clerger, Randolph Town first Haitian-American Councillor-at-Large.
Yesterday we reported on Brockton, Massachusetts electing Haiti earthquake survivor Jean Bradley Derenoncourt as their first Haitian-American City Councilor.
Meet the two additional history making Haitian-American elects in Massachusetts.
Natacha Clerger and Eunice Delice Zeigler will sit respectively on Randolph and Methuen municipal councils. Ms. Clerger finished in two of the five spots elected as at-large councilors and Ms. Delice-Zeigler will represent the District East at Methuen City Council for the next two years beginning in January 2018.
Natacha Clerger, a small business owner ran against 9 other candidates and won her seat with over 1900 votes.
Clerger has a Sales Marketing and Public Relations degree. She served in the United States armed forces, she speaks Creole, French, Spanish and English fluently. Clerger will fight to ensure fiscal responsibility in town government, attract new business to broaden tax base, increase outreach and support for seniors and youth and improve the schools through commitment to excellence.
Twenty-nine year old political newcomer Eunice Zeigler says she has the experience and education to lead Methuen on the city council as an East District Councilor. Zeigler, a homeowner who works for the Lowell Housing Authority ran because she believes Methuen needed new leadership.
Zeigler has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a masters degree in economics. She was also the financial manager for the Haverhill community development department. As a new elect, Zeigler said she wants to make sure Methuen gets all the assistance it can get when it comes to grant writing for the schools.