Steven Raga Becomes First Filipino-American Elected to Office in New York State

Steven Raga made history on election night when he was elected as Assemblymember in New York’s 30th Assembly District. Steven Raga was elected with over 57% of the vote. Steven Raga is now the first Filipino-American to be elected into office in the entire state of New York and the first Filipino-American elected to state-wide office in Northeast America.

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“I am incredibly proud and deeply humbled to have been elected to the New York State Assembly by the people of our communities. Throughout this year, I have been blessed to meet so many people all across our neighborhoods and to hear and see their stories, and their struggles – many of which I have shared in. Our voices – as Asian Americans, immigrants, and working-class people – have so often been ignored and overlooked. It is truly an honor to be entrusted by my community to represent them and fight for them in Albany. I promise that I will serve our communities with all of my heart and will continue to fight for safety, equity, and justice for all.”

Raga ran his campaign focused on issues of affordable housing, community safety, expanded healthcare access, and senior support. The newly drafted borders for Assembly District 30 include Woodside, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Maspeth. The district is one of the most diverse districts in the state and is majority AAPI. Steven Raga will be the first person of color to represent Assembly District 30.

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Raga was endorsed by over 50 elected officials, unions, organizations, and PACs, including Congressmembers Gregory Meeks and Grace Meng. Raga was endorsed by NYSNA, HTC, 1199SEIU, and DC37.

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