New York State Legislator Grace Meng Wins Primary for New York's District 6 Congressional Seat
Prospects and Opponents: Grace Meng won her June 26, 2012 primary. In this strong Democratic district the primary win is tantamount to victory in November. This is a new district because of redistricting after the 2010 elections. This new district is 38% Asian American. The Queens Democratic Organization supported Meng.
Background and Legislative Achievements: "I see the work I have done in my career as being a voice for the voiceless." The 36-year-old Chinese-American former public interest lawyer has spent her career in the New York State Assembly fighting for women's rights. She supported legislation that would have required all New York universities to provide emergency contraception to any student who requested it, and supported a bill that would have required health insurance companies to cover prescription birth control. She'll be the first Asian American woman to represent New York in Congress.
Endorsements: Retiring 30 year Congressman Gary Ackerman endorsed Meng without reservation. She has also been endorsed by United Federation of Teachers, Congressman Joe Crowley, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and the Queens County Democratic Organization, Emily's List, Hotel Trades Council, Teamsters Local # 812, UFCW Local 1500, Sanitation Officers Association, ATU Local 1056, National Troopers Coalition, Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers, a group of Latino leaders: Former Bronx BP (and mayoral candidate) Fernando Ferrer, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, state Sen. Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Francisco Moya and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras., and four out of six likely 2013 mayoral candidates.