To our Kababayan in the New York City Region:
We have a chance to make history. Filipino Americans have been in New York since the 1800s and our community has continued to grow and contribute to the fabric of New York. 60% of the Filipinos in this state live in New York City, and the majority live in Queens. But despite our 100+ year presence, we have yet to see a Filipino American elected to higher office in the State of New York.
On the June 22nd New York City Council elections, we have an opportunity for change. You can elect the first Filipino American to serve on the New York City Council. At a time where Filipino Americans have served in the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and yet receive no representation, as well as a time where Filipino Americans are targeted with anti-Asian American hate and violence with absolutely no plan from our current City Councilmembers, we need one of us to fight for us.
That’s why I am running to become a member of the New York City Council — representing District 26 which covers several neighborhoods of Queens, including Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, and the southern parts of Astoria.
I have been a Woodside resident for over 16 years and my family has been here for more than 5 decades. I believe in our community and have dedicated my time and energy to making it a better place for us all.
In 2009, I founded Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) here in Woodside, which is now a nationally recognized nonprofit that engages Filipino Americans through collaboration, advocacy, and education. I am also currently a Board Member at the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, the Filipino American Democratic Club, National Urban Fellows Alumni, Woodside on the Move, Queens LGBT Pride, and Queens Community Board 2.
Serving as the 1st ever Filipino American Chief of Staff in New York State history, to Assembly member Brian Barnwell, motivated me to apply my skills and passion to represent our community on an even higher scale. While there, I instituted the 1st Filipino American History Month Celebration in the State Legislature, which we hosted annually.
To win this election, I am calling on every member of the Filipino American community to become part of our campaign’s base of support. We need you to band together with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors to support my run for office. Even if you have never been involved in politics before, this is the time to step forward and create the representation we need in New York City.
Although each of us is differently situated in life, everyone has the ability to help in this campaign. I urge you to give your support in whatever way you can. If you can donate funds, please contribute. If you can’t contribute, please volunteer with us. And if you are a registered Democrat who lives in New York City District 26, please cast your vote for me as the #1 Ranked Choice!
Early voting is from June 12-20, 2021 with Election Day on June 22. We will need dozens of volunteers stationed at every poll site, with over 25 sites to cover.
Sign up to volunteer. Engage your friends, church, neighbors, and family members, and urge them to help out with their money, time or even in conversations to sway undecided voters. There is a role for each person to help us make history.
We are facing a rare opportunity to break a new ceiling for the Filipino community, but this is something our campaign can’t do on our own. It is time to take the future of our community into our own hands.
If you’re interested in joining our movement, please contact Suzette Briones (email@example.com) to learn more!