A Flushing businessman said he is running once more against veteran state Senator Toby Stavisky for her 16th State Senate district seat, which extends from eastern to western Queens.
S. J. Jung, who is originally from Korea, lost to Stavisky in 2014, and said Tuesday he is expecting to run this time with a strong platform against special interests.
“I enter this race as a reformer who refuses to accept politics as usual,” said Jung in a statement. “I will work in Albany for the people, not special interests.”
Jung’s electoral platform resembles a similar agenda he campaigned on in 2014, when he championed immigration, campaign finance and minimum wage reforms. It’s also not the first time he has vied for a seat in local government as a longtime community advocate.
In 2009, he lost the City Council Democratic Primary on a narrow margin. However, this time, Jung believes he’ll be able to make a stronger impact, particularly with local business owners.
Moving forward, Jung hopes to win over working-class voters by tackling income inequality, transparency in the budgetary process and education.
The 16th district includes a diverse immigrant population, half of which is estimated to be composed of Asian-Americans. It also extends to parts of Elmhurst, Flushing, Whitestone and Bayside.
Stavisky has been re-elected to the State Senate seven times. She received strong endorsements from Mayor Bill de Blasio and other prominent elected officials during her re-election campaign in 2014.