Assembly District 40 candidates

Ethel Chen (clockwise from top l.), Yen Chou, Phil Gim, Sunny Hahn, Ron Kim, Myungsuk Lee and Martha Flores-Vazquez are running for the downtown Flushing state Assembly seat.
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Ethel Chen

Ethel Chen, a retired librarian and law school graduate, who said her experience working with people will help her in the Assembly. The longtime Flushing resident said her priorities if elected are to protect seniors, fight for the fair share of the state budget and promote education.

Yen Chou

Yen Chou is a former educator who has been endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers and runs the nonprofit The Chinese American Parent-Student Council. She said that education is her number one priority, although she has also pledged to help unify the diverse district.

Martha Flores-Vazquez

Martha Flores-Vazquez is a longtime Flushing activist whose nonprofit, Community Prevention Alternatives for Families in Crisis, focuses on helping immigrant families. She believes that helping the community has given her the knowledge to know what the district needs.

Phil Gim

Phil Gim is a small business owner, former postal worker and U.S. census supervisor. He is endorsed by the Queens County Republican Party, and has run a campaign focused on cutting state regulations that hinder small business growth, which would create jobs.

Sunny Hahn

Sunny Hahn is a longtime Flushing activist who believes the area’s rich history could be the key to rebuilding the economy. She wants to encourage private investment in Flushing’s landmarks, like the RKO Keith’s Theatre, and potential economic hot spots, like Willets Point.

Ron Kim

Ron Kim is a former aide to both Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson. He is endorsed by the Queens Democratic Party, and cites his experience in state and local government as to why he is the best candidate. His priorities are promoting small business growth and education.

Myungsuk Lee

Myungsuk Lee is the owner of a Korean newspaper who hopes to galvanize the vote of the Korean community. He has said that his top priorities are uniting the diverse residents of Flushing, as well as protecting seniors, encouraging small business and promoting education.

Updated 3:50 am, September 13, 2012
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