Sandra Ung Nominated as Democratic Nominee for City Council Flushing,NY.
With election results now certified, Sandra Ung was officially declared the Democratic nominee for City Council in District 20, which covers Flushing and other areas of northeast Queens. By building a diverse coalition of community groups, Sandra overcame a crowded field that totaled eight candidates and finished more than ten points ahead of her nearest competitor.
Over a hundred community leaders came to celebrate the primary results, including Congresswoman Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Stavisky, State Senator John Liu, and City Councilmember Peter Koo. Brooklyn Borough President and Democratic nominee for Mayor Eric Adams also came to congratulate Sandra and said that he looked forward to working with her in the future.
Sandra Ung campaigned on securing language access in government outreach and making sure that immigrant communities are able to access government resources – many government programs, including the initial rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, do not prioritize culturally competent or timely translations. A central part of her platform was supporting small businesses, many of which suffered extreme economic hardship due to the pandemic, by ending onerous fines and securing funds for a physical Small Business Services office in Flushing.
Sandra Ung said, “This campaign was never about one person’s name on the ballot – it was about our community and building a brighter future for my neighbors. I am incredibly thankful for the thousands of voters who cast a ballot for me because they believed in our vision, and for all the volunteers and supporters who got us to where we are today. As we enter the general election, I promise that I will continue to work tirelessly to earn the support of all community members.”
An immigrant herself, Sandra moved to the United States as a child after she and her family escaped the genocide in Cambodia. After graduating from Columbia Law School, she worked as a nonprofit attorney advocating for victims of domestic violence. She has remained in public service since then, most recently serving as a Special Assistant in Congresswoman Grace Meng’s office. Sandra has lived in Flushing for most of her life and would be the first Asian American woman to represent the District if she is elected in the November general election.
During the primary, Sandra received the endorsements of Congresswoman Grace Meng, State Senators Toby Stavisky and John Liu, Assemblypersons Nily Rozic, Edward Braunstein and Daniel Rosenthal, Councilmembers Peter Koo and Karen Koslowitz and a host of unions including the United Federation of Teachers.