Bayside resident Karen Lin cruises to primary victory in race for Queens Civil Court judge

Bayside resident Karen Lin Queens Civil Court judge
Bayside’s Karen Lin is poised to become the first elected East Asian female judge in Queens after she cruised past three competitors during Tuesday’s primary. (Courtesy of Lin’s campaign)

Bayside resident Karen Lin rode the endorsements of elected officials from across the borough and the Queens County Democratic Party to a convincing victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary race for Queens Civil Court Judge.

Lin captured nearly 40% of the vote with more than 97% of the scanners reported, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections.

A dedicated public servant, Lin currently serves as court attorney-referee in Kings County Surrogate’s Court and is a former committee co-chair for the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, where she led the creation of the Queens Pro Bono Clinic in 2020 and subsequently the Remote Legal Clinic. Now, she hopes to serve her community in a new capacity by becoming the first elected East Asian judge in Queens.

“It has been a long but exhilarating and inspirational day of talking with voters, and I am humbled and honored for the tremendous show of support all throughout Queens,” Lin said. “I’m proud of the determined and focused campaign we ran and gratified for the support of my family and the community. On to the next step!”

Congresswomen Grace Meng and Nydia Velázquez, and state Senators Jessica Ramos, Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblywomen Catalina Cruz, Stacey Pheffer Amato, Nily Rozic, Vivian Cook, Alicia Hyndman and Jenifer Rajkumar all threw their support behind Lin’s campaign.

In addition to endorsing Lin, The Queens County Democratic Party also endorsed Thomas Oliva, but he finished in last place with less than 17% just behind Devian Daniels. Maria Gonzalez took second place in the race for two vacancies on the Queens Civil Court with more than 24% of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections.