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Vallone gets Kevin Kim’s endorsement

Political endorsements often mean more to the candidate than to the voting public, but some are more meaningful than others.

In the crowded Democratic race in the 19th District to replace Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who is not seeking re-election, five contenders are attempting to stand out in the voters’ eyes.

So, this week’s announcement by the Paul Vallone camp, who is the Queens Democratic Party’s pick, came as a bit of a surprise. His latest endorsement is from Kevin Kim, who opposed him in a bitter 2009 primary for the same seat and won.

“It’s time to restore honest, Democratic leadership to the 19th City Council District and I can think of no better candidate to do that in this primary than Paul Vallone,” Kim said earlier this week.

Halloran, who beat Kim in the last election, has been charged with bribery and related crimes. He will go to trial next year.

Kim said he favored Vallone because of his “devotion to his family” and his “strong commitment to Northeast Queens.”

Kim, an attorney, worked at one time as deputy director of community affairs for then-Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau). Ackerman, however, recently endorsed another 19th District candidate, Austin Shafran, who also worked for the former congressman as a community liaison several years ago.

Others in the Democratic race are Paul Graziano, John Duane and Chrissy Voskerichian. The winner will face Republican Dennis Saffran in the November election.

See full article at Queens Chronicle.