Republican Peter Koo beat Democrat Yen Chou in Tuesday’s election, making him one of three Republicans now representing Queens in the City Council.
The campaign, which pitted two Chinese-born immigrants against one another in an area with many Asian-Americans residents, was a visible representation of the increased influence the Asian American population is having on New York politics.
Koo is the founder of a chain of Flushing drugstores and head of the Flushing Chinese Business Association, while Chou is the director of a tutoring company and a former political aide.
In the next Council district,Republican Dan Halloran defeated Democrat Kevin Kim in a contentious race during which the candidates’ camps tossed around accusations of religious and racial discrimination.
Halloran, an Auburndale attorney, won 53 percent of the vote, while Kim, a former deputy director of community for U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside), received 47 percent to replace Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
Reach reporter Connor Adams Sheets by e-mail at csheets@cn
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