November 12, 2012 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”)
congratulates Grace Meng on her historic election as New York’s first Asian American Congresswoman.
Grace Meng made history Election Day Tuesday, defeating her Republican challenger Daniel Halloran and long voting lines to win the 6th Congressional District (Central Queens) election and become the first Asian-American to represent New York in Congress. Grace is also the first woman to represent Central Queens in the U.S. Congress since Geraldine Ferraro was elected in 1978. Grace was previously elected to the New York State Assembly to represent Assembly District 22 in November, 2008. Grace was honored by AABANY during its 20th Anniversary Annual Dinner in 2009 and has been a frequent supporter of AABANY events. AABANY President Jean Lee said “AABANY is proud to see the very first Asian American woman elected to Congress from NYS and one of the first two APA women to be elected to Congress on the east side of the Mississippi.”
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We received the following request for volunteers from the Grace Meng for Congress Campaign:
My name is Michael Fleischman; I am organizing the election protection program for Grace Meng’s campaign for Congress this upcoming Tuesday, June 26. Grace would be the first Asian American elected to Congress on the east coast. We expect to have an influx of first-time voters who may face difficulties at the polls. As you know, this is a civil rights issue.
We are recruiting volunteers to serve as poll watchers on Election Day. We have great needs generally, and the greatest needs during the times that you and other voters are likely not to be working – early morning and evening. The target locations are primarily near Bayside and Elmhurst, and we will providing more guidance to volunteers in the coming days. We want to make sure that everyone who wants to vote and is eligible to vote is indeed able to vote, and we need your help to make sure that happens. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-993-3323 if you can be of assistance. Thank you very much in advance.
Please respond directly to Michael if you can help. Thank you!
Grace Meng to Run for Congress
Following the re-drawing of Congressional lines by a Federal court earlier this month, Congressman Gary Ackerman announced his retirement last week. Assemblywoman Grace Meng was then tapped by Queens Democratic leaders to run in the newly-created CD6. If elected, Meng will be the first Asian American member of the House of Representatives from New York. With primaries coming up in June, she would need to start campaigning immediately. Congratulations and best wishes to Grace Meng!