Billy Thai Aims to be Brooklyn’s ‘First Chinese American-Born Elected Official’

Billy Thai (Photo courtesy of his campaign website)

Billy Thai (Photo courtesy of his campaign website)

Billy Thai, an electrical engineer who works for Con Edison, has announced on Facebook that he is running for male Democratic district leader of the 47th Assembly District in South Brooklyn, against longtime leader Charles Ragusa, reports Kings County Politics. As the son of Chinese immigrants, the Bensonhurst native wants to be a voice for the large Chinese community in the area.

“The time has come for the Chinese American community of South Brooklyn to finally have an elected Chinese American-born elected official. The Chinese community makes up a huge portion of the population in the 47th Assembly District and deserves to have representation that is devoted to the community and not the party bosses,” said Thai.

The publication notes that Thai’s campaign is aligned with Warren Chan, the executive director of the Asian Community United Society and a critic of Assembly member Bill Colton and City Council member Mark Treyger. The two, along with Ragusa, are affiliated with the United Progressive Democratic Club.

Kings County Politics adds that the district’s female leader Nancy Tong, who was the first Asian-American elected to public office in Brooklyn, is also aligned with the club.

In reporting on Thai’s foray into politics, Bensonhurst Bean’s Rachel Silberstein points out that he “appears to be drawing a distinction between Chinese American and Chinese American-born” as Tong was born in Hong Kong.

Thai goes on to say:

“My goal is for the Chinese Community to rise up together and unite behind my historic candidacy and help elect me as the first Chinese American-born elected official, so that someone who is truly from our community, who is completely independent of any elected official’s control, can truly speak and advocate on behalf of the Chinese American family of Bensonhurst,” he concluded.

Go to Bensonhurst Bean to find out what recent headlining case pushed him to go into the political arena.


  1. Amie Shuu says:

    I was not aware the campaign reached this site. Thank you for covering this piece of news and shedding light on a local issue.
    Learn more about Billy Thai’s campaign:
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    I apologize for being opportunistic and shamelessly promoting.

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