Not surprisingly, the Queens Republican Party has selected an Asian candidate to run in the new 26th State Senate District, which was designed to be an Asian-majority area.
J.D. Kim, 39, a lawyer who lives in Flushing, was endorsed by the party on Friday. “Kim has the values and ability to be a great representative and can be counted on to work with and for everyone in the community,” said GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa.
Kim’s opponent will be state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), who no longer lives in the reconfigured district. She will have to move if elected in November.
Ragusa called Kim “a fresh face” who is “unencumbered by ties to entrenched special interests working against the community’s interests.” He added that Kim “can build bridges between communities” and will focus on tackling quality of life issues, creating jobs and lowering taxes for employers, middle-class families and seniors.
State Republican Committeewoman Meilin Tan of Flushing says Kim “will be a breath of fresh air,” who will work for all the residents of his district, “something we’ve needed for a very long time.”
A native of Chicago, Kim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and earned his law degree from Cleveland State University. A lifelong conservative, he was an advisor to the unsuccessful 2010 congressional campaign of James Milano, who opposed Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau).
He was responsible for handling all strategy for the campaign’s Korean community. Kim’s law practice is in Lake Success. He and his wife and son have lived in Queens for three years.
Although not well known in Flushing, Kim said he believes he can pull the community together.