Asian-American Club Endorses Félix Ortiz

The New York City Asian-American Democratic Club endorsed Assembly member Félix Ortiz for the 38th District City Council Democratic primary on Sept. 12. (Photo via Kings County Politics)

The year-old New York City Asian-American Democratic Club has endorsed Assembly member Félix Ortiz in the 38th District City Council primary race (Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace). Kings County Politics’ Heather J. Chin reports that the endorsement last week came after its nearly 300 members examined candidate responses to a questionnaire issued by the club.

She writes:

In the insular, but steadily influential world of southern Brooklyn politics, the decades-old and fast-growing Chinese American immigrant community has been slow to gain political traction.

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But as the population grows, so does the push for representation and the pool of viable and enthusiastic candidates for elected office.

The article notes that while Ortiz did not officially join the race until mid-July, he has raised more in donations than all but incumbent Council member Carlos Menchaca. Also running in the Democratic primary are Sara Gonzalez, who had represented the 38th District before losing to Menchaca in 2013, attorney Chris Miao, attorney and businessman Delvis Valdes, and Green Party candidate Carmen Hulbert.

Miao said the club’s support of Ortiz was “a horrible move… if we’re talking about candidates that support rights for Asian Americans and to protect Asian-American interests.” He took particular issue with Ortiz’s position on specialized high schools in the city. Read about his concerns, and more on the Asian-American Democratic Club’s endorsement of Ortiz, at Kings County Politics.

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