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Allison Tan-Kim (left) announcing that she would challenge Peter Koo (right) for his City Council seat.

An incumbent councilman representing Flushing faces a new challenger.

Alison Tan-Kim, a member of Community Board 7 (CB 7) who’s also married to Assemblyman Ron Kim, announced on Monday that she would challenge incumbent Councilman Peter Koo for his seat representing the 20th City Council District this election cycle. She will run as a Democrat.

“I know everyone on the board understands the duty we have to being civically engaged,” Tan-Kim said during public participation at the May 8 CB 7 meeting. “To have a say in our neighborhood; to be on the front line protecting where we live from interests that are frequently, frequently in direct opposition to the quality of our lives.”

Tan-Kim said she has learned a lot about public service through her husband’s experience in the Assembly. She also cited her time serving on the community board, in her career in the private finance sector and as a mother raising two children in Flushing as valuable experiences that make her fit for the job.

“I want to take ownership of my neighborhood,” she continued.

Tan-Kim cited an overcrowded school district “bursting at the seams,” a lack of sanitation, and air, noise and water pollution as some of her top concerns in the district.

“Since I moved to Flushing six years ago, the quality of life hasn’t improved,” Tan-Kim said. “We are losing to special interests.”

“I don’t want to be a nice person,” Tan-Kim continued. “[Incumbent City Councilman] Peter Koo is a nice person. But I want to be a Council member in the City Council as a force to be reckoned with, as an angry mom.”

Koo, who also served as a member of Community Board 7, was elected to the New York City Council in November 2009. He sits on committees including Health, Immigration and Land Use and belongs to the Black, Latino/a, and Asian (BLA) Caucus.

The New York City Campaign Finance Board lists Issar J. Faradi as another candidate vying for the seat this election cycle.

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