Fil-Am Community Leader Steven Raga Successfully Appointed to the Queens County Democratic Committee As County Committeeman For 34th Assembly District

SEPTEMBER 23, 2016


WOODSIDE, NEW YORK — The Filipino American Democratic Club of New York (FADCNY) congratulated The Honorable Steven Raga on his successful appointment to the Queens County Democratic Committee as the County Committeeman for the 34th Assembly District, Part B in the 51st Election District. After the petitioning process this summer of receiving signatures from registered Democrats, Raga was automatically elevated to the County Committee after he was unopposed for the position. Assemblyman Michael DenDekker and The Honorable Ellen Raffaele are the District Leaders for the 34th Assembly District, Part B.

Raga currently serves as the vice president of FADCNY, a Democratic Club he helped found in April 2016. Raga was appointed to Queens Community Board 2 by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in March 2016 where he serves on both the Transportation and Environment Committees. “It’s exciting to finally have a Filipino American from Woodside representing us in the County Committee. I look forward to not just bringing the Democratic party closer to the heart of the Filipino community in Queens, but bringing more Filipinos into the Democratic Party”, Raga said.

Raga’s first official Queens County Democratic Committee meeting as a member of the Committee was on September 22 where he voted on executive officer nominations, motions for judicial elections, and recommendations to the Board of Elections for new commissioners. Raga explained “I was honored and proud to cast votes on behalf of Democrats in Woodside and Jackson Heights. Political representation is so critical for Asian Americans who are often left out of the political process. I hope to inspire the AAPI community to become part of their County Committee.”

Steven Raga is the second board director of the Filipino American Democratic Club to serve on the County Committee level. Board director Cheska Tolentino also serves on the Kings County Democratic Committee as a Committee Member and a Judicial Delegate for the 56th Assembly District. The District Leaders for the 56th Assembly District are Councilman Robert Cornegy and Assemblywoman Annette Robinson. Tolentino served as a National Delegate for Democratic Party Presidential Incumbent Barack Obama in 2012. She was appointed by former Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz to Brooklyn Community Board 3, where her positions included Vice Chair of Education and Youth Services. Board director Ed Santos has also served on Manhattan Community Board 11 on the executive committee as Treasurer.

The Democratic Party is governed by various committees from the national level, to the state, and local community level. The County Level is the most local level of party governance. A county committee member represents an election district which is the smallest political unit, usually comprising of 700 – 1000 people, or 1 to 3 city blocks. A member of the County Committee has the power to choose judicial candidates in some counties, to choose the the Democratic Party’s nominee in the event of a Special Election in the event of a vacancy of an elected office, help craft the Democratic Party’s platform, organize their local neighborhood in support of Democratic candidates and officials, and to support their Democratic Club.

The Filipino American Democratic Club of New York works to ensure that more Filipino Americans are appointed or elected to political and public offices such as County Committee, Judicial Delegate, and Community Board. FADCNY President Aries Dela Cruz currently serves on Filipino Americans for Hillary National Leadership Council, and FADCNY Membership Director Marilyn Abalos serves as the East Coast Coordinator for Filipino Americans for Hillary. Two founding board members are currently involved in efforts to elect Hillary Clinton president on a full-time basis.

The Filipino American Democratic Club of New York is a political club that organizes and leads the Filipino American electorate in New York City and New York State. We are dedicated to advancing Filipino American and Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues and priorities among elected officials and candidates for public office.  

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