Guide: City Council District 20

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The 20th District covers Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Gardens, Kissena Park, Harding Heights, Auburndale, and part of Whitestone.

Map of the district

The Candidates:

John Choe
BIO: Chief of staff for Councilman John Liu, Choe, 39, has worked with the national Corporation for Supportive Housing, NYC Department of Finance, the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, and the city's Rent Guidelines Board. Born in Korea, Choe has lived in New York City since he was 5. He is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and earned a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
MONEY RAISED: Private Funds: $101,275 Public Funds: $101,966
MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS: (incumbent) Councilman John Liu, Queens County Democratic Party, Queensborough President, SEIU 1199, African-American Public Affairs Committee, Stonewall Democrats, Puerto Ricans for Political Action.

Yen S. Chou
BIO: Chou has served as a member of the Community School Board in District 26, and as a special liaison for Councilman David Weprin. A native of Taiwan, Chou, 36, holds degrees from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and from St. John’s University. She has taught at Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica, Queens, and at Queensborough Community College.
MONEY RAISED: Private Funds: $321,551

SJ Jung
BIO: A native of Korea, Jung moved to New York in 1986, and soon after started community organizing with the Young Korean American Service and Education Center, where he was elected president in 2005. Jung is on the Board of Directors of the New York Immigration Coalition.
MONEY RAISED: Private Funds: $142,880 Public Funds: $101,966
MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS: Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Working Families Party, DC 37, SEIU 32BJ, ACORN PAC, United Auto Workers Region 9A, Citizens Union, NY League of Conservative Voters

Isaac M. Sasson
BIO: Sasson, 68, is president of the Holly Civic Association and a longtime member of Community Board 7, Queens. Born in Syria, Sasson grew up in Lebanon and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 15. Sasson spent most of his professional career working in cancer research and foundation relations at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has served a two-year tour in the U.S. Army, and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Connecticut.
MONEY RAISED: Private Funds: $84,594 Public Funds: $101,966

James Wu
BIO: The only Democratic candidate in CD 20 who was born and raised in Flushing, Wu, 39, is on the board of the Holly Civic Association and the Kissena Civic Association.
MONEY RAISED: Private Funds: $100,956 Public Funds: $101,966
MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS: The Queens Tribune, Uniformed Fire Officers Association, NYPD Captains Endowment - Mason Tenders Local 79