Communities see victories in NJ elections

Several communities saw their members get elected to local and state positions in New Jersey last Tuesday, Nov. 8. Some made history by becoming the first in their community to be elected to public office.

  • Filipino: Rolando Lavarro’s win for city councilmember of Jersey City, NJ was a historic moment for the city’s Filipino American community. (Filipino Reporter)
  • Korean: Gloria Oh (D) became the first Korean-American councilmember of Englewood Cliffs last Tuesday. Also elected was Joon Chung (I), to the city council of Harrington Park. Their wins increased the number of Korean American councilmembers in the state to six. (Korea Times, Korea Daily)
  • Indian: Upendra Chivukula, the five-term assemblyman from New Jersey’s 17th district (Somerset) was re-elected. He’s the only Indian American in the legislature of a state where Asian Americans making up over 8% of the total 8.8 million people. Sudhanshu Prasad was also re-elected as councilmember, in Edison. Several Indian Republican candidates were not so successful. Meanwhile, in upstate New York, Aney Paul became the first Indian American to win a county legislative seat–District 14 in Rockland County. (News India Times)
  • Latino: Several nominees triumphed in state and local elections. (Diario de Mexico)
  • Polish: More Poles gained city council seats in Wallington – Izabela Bacza (R) and Roman Kruk (D). Longtime mayor Walter Wargacki (D) secured another term. (Nowy Dziennik)

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