Fil-Am Steven Raga wins Queens, NY primary for state assembly
Steven Raga on June 28 won the Democratic primary for assemblyman of District 30 in Queens, New York, becoming the first Filipino American to do so.
“I am proud to be elected as the first-ever Filipino American Democratic nominee for the New York State Assembly” Raga said on social media.
He will face a Republican for District 30’s State Assembly seat in November and could become the first Filipino American to be elected to the state legislature.
Raga, a progressive, won 70% of the votes to opponent Ramon Cando’s 30% in a two-person race. Cando ran to his right.
District 30 in Queens, New York, covers Woodside (Raga’s residence), Elmhurst, Sunnyside and Maspeth where many Filipinos reside.
Steven Raga, former chief of staff to the incumbent Brian Barnwell, who decided not to seek reelection. A committee formed to select Barnwell’s replacement chose Raga.
Raga, whose family came to the U.S. in the 1960s, was backed by U.S. Congress Reps. Gregory Meeks and Grace Meng; State Senator John Liu; Assemblymembers Catalina Cruz, Ron Kim, Andrew Hevesi and Khaleel Anderson; Borough President Donovan Richards, Councilmember Shekar Krishnan and District Leader Melissa Sklarz.