Indian Americans Ali Najmi and Satnam Singh Parhar Lose Bid for New York City Council Seat

Former Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik

Indian Americans Ali Najmi and Satnam Singh Parhar lost their bids for New York’s 23rd District City Council seat in the Sept. 10 primary election. Former Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik bested his rivals—including a former aide to Mayor Bill de Blasio—to win a Democratic primary for a vacant City Council seat in Queens tonight, according to unofficial Board of Elections returns.

Queens District 23 is home to one of the largest communities of Indian American and other South Asian Americans in the U.S., and also has the largest concentration of South Asian American voters; approximately 38 percent of eligible voters in the district are of South Asian American descent, reports India West.

The Times Ledger reports that the district is 40 percent Asian, predominantly South Asian; 30 percent white; 15 percent African-American; and 15 percent Latino.

30-year-old attorney and activist Ali Najmi, whose slew of left-leaning endorsements—ranging from the New York Times to anti-horse carriage activists to former Cuomo challenger Zephyr Teachout—translated to just about 10 percent of the vote. The district is very diverse, with a considerable South Asian population, but whites are the largest ethnic group and the most consistent voters.

Also in the running was businessman Satnam Singh Parhar who finished fourth with about 16 percent votes.

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