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Two Dems throw hats in the ring

Chou and Silverstein set up campaigns for Assembly, Council

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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 9:28 am, Thu Jul 19, 2012.

Two new but not unexpected Democratic candidates have announced they will run for office in northern Queens.

Yen Chou declared last week that she is seeking the hotly contested 40th District Assembly seat. Matthew Silverstein said he is running for Dan Halloran’s 19th District City Council seat. Both had previously indicated their intent to run.

Chou, 49, is entering a crowded field seeking to run for Grace Meng’s Flushing district. Meng is the Democratic candidate for Congress.

Other Democrats Chou will face in a primary are Ron Kim, whom the Queens party endorsed, Ethel Chen and Myungsuk Lee. Republicans running are Sunny Hahn, Hank Yeh and Phil Gim, whom the GOP endorsed.

Chou previously ran against Peter Koo, who was then a Republican, for the City Council in 2009 and lost by 5 percent of the vote. An educator, she founded a tutoring academy and organized the Chinese American Parent-Student Council of New York City.

At her new campaign headquarters on Main Street, Chou told supporters last week that she has collected enough signatures to make the ballot and has several dozen volunteers working to raise funds for the race.

Silverstein, 30, of Bay Terrace, says he believes “we can do better” in the district. Halloran won the seat in 2009 and is now running for Congress against Meng.

If Halloran loses the congressional race, he still retains his council seat and has one more year in office.

Silverstein is a project analyst with America Works of New York and a  Democratic state committeeman. He is active in several area groups including the Bay Terrace Community Alliance and the Center for the Women of New York.

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