KAPA Endorses Grace Meng for Congress
June 14, 2012
Today, Korean Americans for Political Advancement (KAPA) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Grace Meng in the Democratic Primary for New York’s 6th Congressional District. If elected, Ms. Meng would be the first Asian-American member of New York’s Congressional delegation.
ABOUT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6
Contained wholly within Queens County – and including the neighborhoods of Flushing, Elmhurst, Queensboro Hill, Murray Hill, Fresh Meadows, and Bayside, among others – CD-6 is home to one of the largest Korean American communities on the East Coast. With Asian Americans comprising 38% of its total population, this newly drawn district is New York’s first high-influence district for Asian American communities. Longtime Congressman Gary Ackerman, who currently represents much of the area covering the new district, is not seeking re-election, leaving the field wide open. Given the area’s large Korean and immigrant populations, the substantive impact KAPA could have on this hotly contested, early primary race, and the need to ensure that a progressive candidate wins this seat, KAPA’s Steering Committee determined in May to make a candidate endorsement in this election.
KAPA ENDORSEMENT PROCESS
Our endorsement is the result of a rigorous two-month process, beginning with the compilation of in-depth candidate profiles and voting/legislative records, a comparison of candidates’ responses to a KAPA questionnaire; a recommendation to the Membership issued by the Steering Committee, and finally, an endorsement vote by the dues-paying members of KAPA. That vote concluded on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, with KAPA members voting in favor of endorsing Ms. Meng’s candidacy.
ENDORSEMENT OF GRACE MENG
While all of the candidates have unique strengths, particularly Mr. Lancman, we believe that Ms. Meng is the candidate most deserving of our endorsement in this race. Her overall federal policy views, especially on the federal government’s overall budget priorities, are more consistent with KAPA’s policy positions and objectives. As Ms. Meng is relatively young, we hope that as she gains experience, she will exhibit greater leadership on progressive legislation, even when controversial. We urge and expect Ms. Meng to evolve into a more outspoken – and indeed leading – advocate for progressive policies, particularly in the area of immigration.
HELP US GET OUT THE VOTE FOR MENG
With the June 26, 2012 Primary Election just two weeks away, we need your help to get out the vote. We are reaching out individually to members and allies to join us in phone-banking, door-knocking, and other GOTV activities through both the Primary Election and the General Election. Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions and to get involved.
We look forward to working with you in the weeks and months ahead to help elect Grace Meng to Congress!
The KAPA Steering Committee
Bright Limm, Chair
Sue Mi Ko