Today's Date: February 25, 2021
The Citizenship Rights of Harry and Meghan's Second Child   •   With February franchise openings, Brightway Insurance now has locations in 25 states   •   SCAN Survey: Vaccine Mistrust Among Family Caregivers Puts Vulnerable Seniors At Risk   •   SourceAmerica announces Personal Protective Equipment Grant for network nonprofit agencies   •   Canada's BETA-i Launches World's First Search Fund Incubator Focused on Supporting Black Entrepreneurs   •   Mr. Bubble® Celebrates 60 Years; Launches Three New Exciting Bathtime Products   •   JPMorgan Chase Commits $350 Million to Grow Black, Latinx and Women-owned Small Businesses   •   Massachusetts Governor, Speaker of the House, Leaders of Legislation, Medicine and Advocacy Join Forces to Lead the Nation in Re   •   Revolve Group Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results   •   pursuit: 365 Features 365 Extraordinary Canadian Women   •   The Executive Leadership Council Announces New Scholarship and Career Development Program   •   Dillard’s to Launch Born on Fifth for Antonio Melani   •   Launch of New Chase Lounge at the Russell Center Will Help Fuel Path to Success for Black Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in A   •   Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Only Grandchild Joins Impact Podcast for Special Black History Month Episode   •   ViacomCBS Unveils Comprehensive Streaming Strategy and Expansive Slate of Originals Headed to Paramount+   •   Bank of America Provides $1.1 Million to Support Texans and Communities Impacted by Winter Storm   •   Compass Datacenters Launches "Breaking Glass" Video Podcast Series Featuring Nancy Novak   •   SAS receives ATHENA Global Organizational Leadership Award for women empowerment, diversity and inclusion efforts   •   New Ariel-Schwab Black Investor Survey Shows Black Americans Continue to Trail Their White Counterparts in Building Wealth   •   David Adefeso and Sootchy App Take on Black Financial Literacy Gap by Partnering with Capital City Lighthouse Charter School
Bookmark and Share

Will Asian NYC Comptroller Run For Mayor?

 

 

NEW YORK - This week New York City Comptroller John Liu started fundraising in Chinatown for the 2013 mayoral election. Many of those invited to the fundraising dinner were influential political figures, including several well-known Chinese community members. Although the invitation did not indicate what position Liu will be running for, many invitees and those involved in politics all believe that Liu is preparing to run for mayor of New York City.   

In response to questions from World Journal, Liu expressed gratitude for the support and encouragement of the community. "We all believe that we have to prepare for any possible candidacy," he said, although he did not confirm intentions to run for mayor.  In 2009, Liu was elected by a landslide of 76 percent, or 696,330 votes, to become the first Asian American to serve as comptroller of New York City.  The number of votes he received was even higher than those received by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  

According to many of those invited to the December 7 fundraiser, if Liu runs for mayor, the community will wholeheartedly support him.  Some also believe that since 2013 is still relatively far away; there are many variables that could still come into play, so Liu should take the time later to reconsider in order to make a clear decision.

Liu, a former city councilman, has been working hard and achieving much since the start of his term as comptroller, and his hard work has been recognized by many.  Although the community has always hoped that he would run for an even higher position, Liu emphasizes that right now he is focusing on his current job.  In addition to his official role in the community, Liu still maintains strong ties to different ethnic communities and often attends community events and answers questions from reporters in different ethnic communities.

Liu's relationship with Mayor Bloomberg has also been to said to have "improved," and many feel that Mayor Bloomberg has recognized more of Liu's work than that of former Comptroller Thompson. When Mayor Bloomberg visited Hong Kong last month, he invited Liu to come along. And Mayor Bloomberg has shown on a regular basis that he respects Liu's judgment and often actively solicits his opinion.  

In addition to Liu, there are a number of potential candidates for next New York City mayor, including current Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who is a former city councilman and who also has the support of the Black and Hispanic-backed Labor Party. In the last election, to avoid in-fighting in the Democratic Party, Representative Anthony Weiner withdrew from the race, but could be a possible contender in the next race.  There is also former Comptroller William Thompson Jr., who barely lost the election against Mayor Bloomberg, and there is also current Manhattan President Scott Stringer, who has been very involved in New York politics. Some of these candidates have already started fundraising.  Although many political analysts believe as quite early, for Liu to start fundraising, it is consistent with his well-prepared style – last year, Liu was the candidate with the most campaign donations. This may indicate that Liu is not seeking re-election but rather preparing to seek a higher office.    

From the opinions of December 7 fundraiser invitees and other community members, Liu has a great chance of winning in 2013. First, he is currently the only Asian-American candidate. If Thompson does not end up running, Liu would be the only minority candidate. If Liu continues to gather support from minority groups and use his performance to win over white voters, Liu would be sure to garner at least as many votes as other top contenders.  In addition, since his election as comptroller, he has investigated wasteful spending and unethical practices, making City government more transparent. His work in this regard has been outstanding. Finally, Liu running for a higher position such as mayor would fulfill the wishes of many residents.  

However, there are still those who see Liu's 2013 election as risky. Liu has only served as comptroller for one term. It is not yet sure that in the next three years he will continue to do well and avoid strong criticism. Some say they will reserve judgment until they see who else decides to run in 2013.


STORY TAGS: ASIAN, ASIAN AMERICAN, ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER, MINORITY, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, DIVERSITY, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News