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Ja-born candidate grateful for support

Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 9:00 AM

NEW YORK (CMC): The Jamaican-born candidate who was defeated in last week's New York State Assembly election said he would continue his mission to ensure that "the entire community is fairly represented in Albany (New York State capital)".

Rickie Tulloch, an economist and accountant, was defeated by Rodneyse Bichotte, who was born and raised in Brooklyn to Haitian immigrants.

She created history last Tuesday by becoming the first politician of Haitian descent to win a seat in the New York State Legislature. Bischotte, who was the district leader of the 42nd State Assembly District, garnered 47.4 per cent, or 2,669 votes, to Tulloch's 29.7 per cent, or 1,592 votes.

In an email sent out to supporters on Sunday and obtained by the Caribbean Media Corporation, Tulloch said "even though we didn't get the outcome we wanted, that mission continues".