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Council race in new majority Asian American district heats up

New York City’s redistricting process created a new majority Asian American district in Brooklyn, and three first-time candidates are off to the races already.

"That end result has still received some minor objections. Yiatin Chu, president of the political club Asian Wave Alliance, advocated for the final map to include more of the fast growing Chinese American population in Sunset Park....

Though no Republicans have declared yet, some observers suggested that the district could see a Republican primary too. Based on turnout in the previous mayoral election, getting out the vote in this year’s City Council elections – a nonmayoral year – will be a challenge. “It’s going to be really tight. It’s going to be small numbers,” said Yiatin Chu, who added that her organization is planning voter education and get-out-the-vote efforts. “I think the action will definitely be in the general (election).”

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