General Election: State Senate District 17

The 17th Senate District includes Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Kensington, and other neighborhoods.

IWEN CHU, Democrat

Opponent: Vito LaBella [Republican]

This Senate seat is the first in Brooklyn’s history where Asian voters, at 49%, will have a plurality of the vote. If elected, Iwen would be Brooklyn’s first Asian-American state elected official and the first female Asian State Senator in New York. Her challenger’s top issue is “restoring law & order” - a Republican talking point that appeals to his anti-immigrant and racist base.

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