Choe to head back to work for Liu, Jung not ruling out general election run [UPDATE]

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 17, 2009 | No Comments

After a surprisingly bruising defeat in the Democratic primary for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat, John Choe said he will return to his former boss’ office as his chief of staff in the near future. Yen Chou won the tight race for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday with 25 percent of the vote, edging [...]

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Yen Chou successfully navigates turbulent primary in Flushing

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

After a stormy summer of politics in Flushing, when the dust settled Tuesday Yen Chou emerged victorious, edging out Isaac Sasson and S.J. Jung to win the race for the Democratic nomination for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat, unofficial election results showed. “This campaign wasn’t based on endorsements and we proved that the people [...]

Korean turnout high but interpreters are hard to come by, advocates say

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 19, District 20 on September 15, 2009 | No Comments

Exit pollers from the Asian American Legal Defense Fund, which is monitoring polling sites across the city, said they are seeing a high voter turnout among Korean Americans but a dearth of interpreters. Glen Magpantay, an attorney with the advocacy group, said Board of Elections officials are struggling to deal with an uptick in the [...]

Choe, Jung, Wu head into Dist. 20 primaries with newspaper endorsements

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 11, 2009 | 3 Comments

With just four days remaining before the Sept. 15 Democratic primary, three candidates for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat have picked up newspaper endorsements heading into the home stretch. John Choe received the endorsement from the TimesLedger Newspapers (which runs the Queens Campaigner), S.J. Jung received the support of the New York Times and [...]

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Tempers flare over racism, ethnic politics allegations at TimesLedger Dist. 20 debate

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 2, 2009 | 5 Comments

With less than two weeks until the Democratic primary election for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat, the topic of ethnic politics and racism once again stoked fire among the candidates at a debate at Flushing Library last week. The six Democratic candidates running for the seat — John Choe, Yen Chou, S.J. Jung, Constantine [...]

Choe gets transit workers’ backing, Jung gets Valasquez, Wu gets NYPD captains

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 1, 2009 | 2 Comments

A slew of new endorsements were made in the race for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat this week. John Choe announced he had received the support of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056 Tuesday.  Daneek Miller, president of the union, had this to say about choosing Choe: It is with great pleasure that we [...]