In the race to challenge incumbent Councilmember Alan Gerson, Citizens Union prefers Jin (P.J.) Kim because of his energy, fresh ideas, knowledge of the evolving needs of the district and his broad base of support. Margaret Chin is also a strong candidate with experience and meaningful ties working on tenant organizing issues, especially in the Chinatown portion of Council District 1.
In a statement, Dick Dadey, Citizens Union executive director, said:
CU felt the need to make recommendations that encourage voters to retire a number of two-term incumbents and support new faces who will breathe fresh air into the city council. And where appropriate, we are encouraging the return of effective members who do a good job of serving their constituents and meeting the public interest of New Yorkers."
Gerson, a two term incumbent, is facing a strong challenge from four rivals, including Kim, Margaret Chin, Pete Gleason and Arthur Gregory. His vote to extend term limits, has been a major issue in the campaign.
Citizens Union asked candidates to fill out detailed questionnaires. You can see their responses to a range of "good government" questions here.