|Posted on November 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM|
BTF: What would be one thing that the community should know about Michaelle Solages?
MS: I really care about the community. I am a lifelong resident of the community that I represent. I will do everything within my power to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of the residents. As an Assemblywoman, I will also work tirelessly to create jobs and enhance the quality of life for my constituents.
BTF:What inspired you and are your major influences for running?
MS: One of my main inspirations is President Barack Obama. In 2008, President Obama became the first African-American President of the United States. I was very impressed and inspired by the President's victory. In light of my election win, I became the first Haitian-American elected to the New York State Legislature. President Barack Obama is a major influence in my life.
BTF: As a young woman, what are your biggest platforms that you'd like to change or enhance for the youth?
MS: As a young woman, I believe that more young people should play an active role in government and politics. In order to achieve this objective, educators should create more courses that focus on government and politics.
BTF: Coming from a Haitian background and living in one of the most populated Haitian communities outside of Haiti, has your culture played a role in your goals and ambitions?
MS: My Haitian culture and background has given me the tools that I need to succeed in life. I am a hard worker and I believe that my Haitian culture has given me a strong work ethic. I am very proud of my Haitian background and heritage.
BTF: You come from a strong family of lawyers, businessmen, and politicians. Was community relations something you've always been passionate about?
MS: Family is a very important part of my life. My family has always played an active role in the community. As a result, I have always been passionate about community relations. I will continue to have an open door policy with the community so that I can listen to their needs and concerns.