Jennifer 8 Lee of The New York Times breaks down the winning Asian American candidates in yesterday’s New York City primaries.
Asian-American candidates won Democratic primaries in three City Council districts yesterday. And John C. Liu, a Queens Democrat who was the first Asian-American to be elected to the Council, received the most votes for city comptroller, though not enough to reach the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff.
Chinatown itself is likely to be represented by an Asian-American for the first time, with the victory of Margaret S. Chin (no relation to the sociologist), a community activist, over Councilman Alan J. Gerson, a two-term incumbent.
In Flushing, Queens, Yen S. Chou, a Chinese immigrant who owns a tutoring center, won a closely fought five-way primary, which included three other Asian-American candidates, for the nomination to replace Mr. Liu.
And in a traditionally conservative district in northeast Queens, Kevin D. Kim, an aide to Representative Gary L. Ackerman, won the primary for a seat being vacated by Councilman Tony Avella. Mr. Kim — who will face a Republican opponent, Dan Halloran, in November — would become the first Korean-American on the Council if he wins.
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