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Julie Won Takes Commanding Lead in Race to Represent 26th Council District

Julie Won is the likely winner of the 26th District council race (Facebook)

July 3, 2021 By Christian Murray

Julie Won has taken an unassailable lead in the Democratic primary to represent the 26th Council District in western Queens.

Won and Amit Bagga were neck and neck in the city’s most crowded council race on election night but after the implementation of ranked choice voting she has taken a commanding lead.

She has a lead of 1,420 votes, according to the results released by the NYC Board of Election Friday night.

Won and Bagga broke out from the rest of the 15-candidate field on the night of the election and were less than one percentage point apart, or 125 votes.

But she benefited greatly from ranked choice voting. Won, a tech consultant and Sunnyside resident, finished with 6,135 votes to his 4,715.

There are still 2,692 absentee ballots to be counted.

The BOE is expected to release the results with the absentee ballots included next week. It plans to have the results certified in the week of July 12 or later.

Won will compete in the November general election against Republican Marvin Jeffcoat. The winner will serve a two year term.

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Nari

Julie Won’s Twitter profile says PHIMBY, which means “public housing in my backyard”. I’m just curious, is she going to try to bring public housing to Sunnyside? Is anyone actually on board with that??

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Sherri

We all hope truly affordable housing comes to Sunnyside. Many people voted for Julie based on her socialists views.

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Nari

You said “affordable housing”…. that’s different from public housing. You want to build projects in Sunnyside? Because most Sunnysiders don’t.

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Anonymous

Let’s Build Public Housing in Sunnyside Woodside LIC Dutch Kills
Let’s Build Affordable Housing in Sunnyside Woodside LIC Dutch Kills

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Concerned Citizen

That is terrifying…if she indeed wants projects in sunnyside, she needs to walk through queensbridge at night to see the danger and violence this “PHIMBY” attitude will bring. Sunnysiders won’t be able to leave their houses at night anymore.

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Beth

Lets wait and see how this all plays out. AOC endorsed Amitt and Julie. Its a win for our community whom ever wins. We will be proud to be led by either candidate. We are a very progressive neighborhood.

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Joe

At a time when crime rates are rising including in Sunnyside Julie Won wants to cut even more than the 1 billion dollars already authorized for our police department. Crime is rising on the subway and she wants the cops off of the subways. This woman is totally out of touch and should not be elected. I’m already nervous on the subway. Very few people voted in the primary and this is what you get. We all lose with Won.

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Pam

The NYPD budget has literally been rising every year for the past decade. Yet, crime is still rising. Maybe money isn’t the solution

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Anonymous

Thank god. And great work by O’Leary in a crowded field. Julie’s a great candidate and hopefully will be a great council member and rep

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Anonymous

Agreed. Amit should have never accepted an endorsement from Van Bramer and his office staff. Once that happened, he was going to lose the election in Sunnyside and Woodside! Van Bramer has become the most unpopular politician in the neighborhood with people counting the days until he is out of political office.

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Anonymous

Sunnyside should have a countdown clock at the 46 Street Station for Van Bramer, like LIC waterfront had for Trump, as to how many months, weeks, days, minutes, and seconds until midnight on New Year’s Eve and we have a new Councilperson to actually represent our neighborhood and not themselves.

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Anonymous

Won should send Van Bramer a dozen roses as a thank you for endorsing Bagga within the last week. It gave her the extra rank choice votes to win her the seat. There should be a countdown clock at the 46 Street Subway Station for Van Bramer, similiar to the LIC Waterfront Trump clock, until midnight on January 1, 2022.

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Lou

If Amit loses he should try to get elected for something in Astoria. Astoria loves queer politicians.

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Anonymous

The endorsement of Jimmy Van Bramer significantly hurt Amit’s chances to be ranked as second and onward choices by so many people that did not like Van Bramer’s style of dictatorship. Just look how low Van Bramer’s numbers were for Queens Borough President. He was eliminated immediately the first night. With a week to go before the election, the Van Bramer endorsement significantly hurt, after months of efforts, with a pivotal speech and phot-op by Van Bramer and his office team. Hopefully Julie will ‘clean house’ and start with a totally brand new office staff and act upon the residents’ wishes, for which she received votes to upheld, and not her own. It is clear that this neighborhood wants a complete leadership change and style after twelve years. I can not wait until January 1, 2022 for our neighborhood!

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Anonymous

Won should be sending Van Bramer a dozen roses as a ‘thank you’ for endorsing Bagga within the last week. It gave Julie the extra rank choice votes needed to win the election for her.

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Anonymous

Julie and her team owe nothing to no one but the voters
Least of all does she owe Jimmy
Which is the beauty of not stockpiling endorsements

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Bill

Why is there a woman with a permanent encampment under the 46th street 7 station? Why have vendors been allowed to set up shop under the station. Why are these people allowed to do what they want. Why are bicyclists and scooters allowed to speed on the sidewalks and potentially run into people. Now some progressive is going to say that we are criminalizing poverty if something is done to them.

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Jill

Still to early to predict the outcome. Absentee ballots need to be counted. Many who fled temporarily during the pandemic voted this way.

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Pam

“Why are these people allowed to do whatever they want”…they are literally just trying to survive. Last time I checked, selling stuff on the street doesn’t make you a billionaire.

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ABoondy

That’s what I keep telling the cops every time they bust me for selling heroin. Can you give them a call for me?

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Tom

People can’t just make the rules. That’s why this city is so bad because people do. Nobody gets rich riding a bicycle on the sidewalk but people get hurt!

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