In his endorsement, Kallos called Rajkumar “hard working and independent” and said she would serve the people of the 38th District, which includes Woodhaven, Ridgewood, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Glendale, “with integrity.”
He was also critical of Miller’s voting record since he won a special election in 2009 after the resignation of Anthony Seminario.
“Anybody like this incumbent who voted against equal pay for women, reproductive rights, and marriage equality does not deserve to be in public office in my book,” Kallos said in a statement.
Rajkumar also has the support of Congresswoman Ro Khanna of California.
In the latest campaign finance filings, Rajkumar outraised Miller by a margin of 4 to 1. Rajkumar, a lawyer and immigrant rights advocate who served as a special counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, has over $220,000 on hand.
In contrast, Miller has $37,000. According to published reports, he spent $34,000 to hire a Brooklyn-based consulting firm to help with canvassing and polls, a sign the decade-long incumbent is taking Rajkumar’s challenge seriously.
If elected, Rajkumar would be the first South Asian American to serve in the Assembly.
“I’m running because this area of Queens has been overlooked for a very, very long time,” she said in an interview with this media outlet in January. “I believe I have the energy, skill, ability and knowledge of government to bring in the funding and resources that we need.”
The Democratic Primary will take place on June 23.