With a little over 200 votes separating the two candidates, the Board of Elections last Friday declared John Liu the winner in the Democratic primary for Julia Harrison’s City Council seat in Flushing.
Because the vote count was so close on September 25th, the Board of Elections held off declaring a winner until all the absentee and paper ballots were counted.
The final count showed that Liu won by 202 votes over Ethel Chen with 2,759 votes to her 2,557.
Since the 20th District is heavily Democratic, the primary result virtually assures Liu a win in the November election. He will be the first Asian-American to serve on the City Council.
In the November election, Liu will be opposed by Republican Ryan Walsh, who has not previously appeared at any candidates forums; Independence Party candidate Martha Flores-Vazquez and Paul Graziano from the Green Party.
Graziano won the support of the Queens Green Party on Tuesday night after tying with Evergreen Chou in the primary.
A candidates debate for the District 20 seat will be held on Tuesday, October 16th at Macedonia AME Church, 37-22 Union Street, Flushing at 7:30 p.m.
Liu, 34, was born in Taiwan but grew up in Flushing. He is a consultant with a major Manhattan accounting firm and is president of the North Flushing Civic Association and a member of Community Board 7.
He was endorsed by the county Democratic Party and raised more money than any other City Council candidate in the city with a total of $139,000.
Although actively wooing the Asian vote, Liu said the issues he is most interested in are ones that all Flushing residents are concerned about.
They include cleaner streets, changes in zoning laws to maintain residential neighborhoods, securing stability for the business community, safety, good schools and programs for senior citizens.
Harrison, who must leave office because of the term limit law, did not support Liu and told constituents she was voting for Chen, 62, a retired librarian.
Liu is married and the father of one young child. He is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton.