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Democrats in NYC Mayor's Race Begin Key Debate
Democratic candidate for mayor of the city of New York, John Liu with wife Jenny and son Joey, arrive at a mayoral debate in New York City on August 13, 2013. The Democratic candidates for New York City mayor are holding their first debate since Anthony Weiner's latest sexting scandal upended the race. UPI/John Angelillo
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John Chun Liu (simplified Chinese: 刘醇逸; traditional Chinese: 劉醇逸; pinyin: Liú Chúnyì, born January 8, 1967 in Taiwan) is a New York City elected official, currently serving as New York City Comptroller. Liu previously served on the New York City Council representing District 20. He was elected to the City Council in 2001 to represent northeast Queens (Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Linden, Murray Hill, Holly, Kissena Park, Harding Heights, Auburndale, part of Whitestone) and was re-elected in 2003 and 2005.

Liu entered the New York City Comptroller election in 2009 and won the race on November 3, 2009, becoming the first Asian American to be elected to a city-wide office in New York City. He was succeeded in the City Council by pharmacist Republican Peter Koo. Koo, along with Democrat Margaret Chin, a Council member from Manhattan, comprise the Asian-American delegation of the Council.

At the age of five his family moved to the United States from Taiwan. Chang F. Liu, his father, changed Liu's first name from Chun to John in honor of John F. Kennedy. His brothers became Robert and Edward, while his father became Joseph.

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