We sat down with both candidates independently – Kevin Kim during the Democratic Primary race and Halloran more recently – and were extremely impressed with Halloran's grasp of the issues that face the district - from helping small businesses to the developments in the College Point Corporate Park to landmarking the neighborhood of Broadway-Flushing.
An attorney who grew up in in Northeast Queens and still calls it home, Halloran is a confident candidate who is well-spoken and impressed us as an independent thinker. Despite the fact that he is running on the Republican line, Halloran convinced us that he would tackle issues on a case-by-case basis free of partisan politics.
This paper believes that, in time, Halloran will become a highly respected member of the City Council, one who can deliver funds and services to the district by working to build positive relationships with his fellow City Council members.
While we were also impressed with Kim's political savvy – he is a veteran of Congressman Gary Ackerman's office – it was clear to us that Halloran was much more in tune with the needs and concerns of the residents of the district, working to make valuable connections with the many grassroots organizations that make up civic life in this section of Queens.
Shortly after Kim won the primary, Halloran was the subject of a poorly executed hit piece printed in the Queens Tribune, a paper whose ownership has ties to both Ackerman and the people running Kim's campaign, which sensationalized Halloran's adherence to a pagan religion.
We asked Halloran about his beliefs because they had been made public, and he explained that they stemmed from a painful experience watching his father die from cancer while he was still a young man. It was a thoughtful and heartfelt explanation, and for us the issue has been put to bed.
Halloran is an intelligent and honest candidate, and for that he deserves your vote to become the next council member in the 19th District.