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Gotham Votes 2013

1st City Council District


The plan to expand New York University's campus has become the defining issue in the race to represent the 1st City Council District. First time candidate Jenifer Rajkumar, who strongly opposes the NYU plan, failed in her bid for the Democratic Party nomination to incumbent Margaret Chin. With Chin unchallenged in the primary, NYU will have a friend in the Council again in 2014.

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Margaret Chin   (D)

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Biography: Chin, the first Asian-American woman to serve on New York's City Council, taught at P.S. 42 in Chinatown and worked at LaGuardia Community College's Division of Adult and Continuing Education for 14 years before entering public service. She ran for City Council unsuccessfully in 1991 and 1993, but was finally elected her third time around in 2009. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and earned a Bachelor's in education from the City College of New York.

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Margaret Chin   (D)

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Biography: Chin, the first Asian-American woman to serve on New York's City Council, taught at P.S. 42 in Chinatown and worked at LaGuardia Community College's Division of Adult and Continuing Education for 14 years before entering public service. She ran for City Council unsuccessfully in 1991 and 1993, but was finally elected her third time around in 2009. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and earned a Bachelor's in education from the City College of New York.

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Jenifer Rajkumar   (D)

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Biography: Rajkumar is a civil rights lawyer as well as a locally elected Democratic district leader in Lower Manhattan. Before announcing her bid for City Council, she served as the legal director of the New York State Young Democrats and spent a year in Washington D.C., as a policy fellow at the National Women's Law Center. She earned degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and from Stanford University.

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