‘Welcome to Chinatown’ Co-founder Victoria Lee Starts Run for AD65 District Leader

Posted on: June 4th, 2021 at 5:02 am by

Photo: Karlin Chan

Looks like the “old guard” in Chinatown politics is getting a challenge.

Victoria Lee, who co-founded the “Welcome to Chinatown” initiative last February with Jennifer Tam, is throwing her name in the hat for Democratic district leader in the race against veteran Virginia Kee for Assembly District 65 Part D.

Since its inception, Welcome to Chinatown has raised over $2 million, and reinvested in the community. For instance, the group sourced meals from local restaurants for front line workers during the early days of the pandemic (when health care workers had difficulty in finding open eateries), and eventually expanded to senior meals and pantries. They’ve also been awarding “longevity” grants of $5,000 to legacy businesses in the area.

Photo: Karlin Chan

To kick off her campaign, Lee made obligatory stops at the traditional Chinese family and community organizations in Chinatown last week. First up was a visit to the Lee family association where she met with elders and gained support of notable Chinatown icon Hor Kew Lee and businessman Wade Lee; next up was a visit to the CCBA consolidated benevolent association which is an umbrella organization of 62 Chinatown CBOs.

In an election cycle where Asians across the city are stepping up and making a run for public office it’s refreshing to see a young capable person in my own neighborhood ready to step up her game. Whether Lee wins or not it will energize a younger generation of voters to get involved where it counts at the ballot box.

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