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Elected officials to discuss “crucial year” for Haiti at Arizona retreat

FORT LAUDERDALE — The National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON) will host its annual retreat in Arizona to discuss local issues and ways to strengthen the US-Haiti relationship.

The three-day event comes about a year after the western state elected its first official of Haitian descent, Christine Ellis. She represents Chandler, a city of roughly 250,000 residents southeast of Phoenix, on the City Council. Ellis is also the chair of this year’s retreat, the 13th edition of the event. 

“The city is waiting for NHAEON to arrive,” Ellis, who’s been living in Chandler for 34 years, said. “Bring it on, we’re ready. Everybody is really excited about it.”

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