'The better half' challenging Peter Koo
Jul 11, 2017 | 2540 views | 0 0 comments | 299 299 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There's a number of City Council members this year who are not only facing Republican challengers, but also challengers from within their own party.

To name a few, there is Jen Berkley, who is running against Councilman Mathieu Eugene in Brooklyn's 40th District, Paul Graziano against Councilman Paul Vallone in the 19th District in northeast Queens, and Alison Tan, a Democrat who is challenging Councilman Peter Koo in the 20th District in Flushing.

Let's focus on that last one, the Tan-Koo race. Interestingly, Tan is actually married to Assemblyman Ron Kim, whose district overlaps heavily with Koo's own.

Koo is backed by the Queens County Democratic Party. For all intents and purposes, Kim has also enjoyed the support of the party and a good relationship with the other Democratic elected officials in the area, including State Senator Toby Stavisky, who has a very strong relationship to the Queens County Democratic Party.

It remains to be seen how Tan's decision to challenge Koo will affect her husband's relationship with his fellow Democrats in elected office (or the party bigs, who don't always take kindly to upstarts). Back in February, nearly every one of them issued a statement supporting Koo's re-election bid when he kicked off his campaign in front of the Flushing Library.

That includes everyone from Congresswoman Grace Meng and Borough President Melinda Katz, to Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and...Ron Kim!

"Peter has served our district as council member for the past seven years, and fought for the rights of our community members,” read the statement Kim offered up for the press release earlier this year. “As the 'mayor of Flushing' he has advocated fiercely on behalf of our residents, and I know he will continue to do so for the next four years. His tireless efforts have made many in our community proud. I hope all New Yorkers will join us in supporting his re-election campaign, and look forward to his victory this November!"

Awkward!

Tan, who has never run for office, will have an uphill challenge, as does anyone taking on an incumbent. If money was the only determining factor, she would appear to have no shot. While she has filed with the Campaign Finance Board, its website doesn't show that she has raised any money, while Koo is sitting on nearly $200,000.

But she should be able to draw on her husband's own experiences running a campaign, which should make for an interesting summer in downtown Flushing.

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