- He needs to beat four other candidates in the Democratic primary on June 22 to be on the ballot in November.
Businessman and realtor Nabaraj KC is one of five candidates running for a seat in New York City Council District 19, becoming the first Nepali American to run for city council seat in the Big Apple. District 19 includes the northeast Queens neighborhoods of College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Malba, North Flushing, and Auburndale.
Nabraj needs to beat four other candidates in the Democratic primary on June 22 to be on the ballot in November. Others running for the seat are former councilman Tony Avella; Richard Lee, former budget official for interim Queens Borough President Sharon Lee; longtime political aide turned public-relations executive Austin Shafran; and retired NYPD officer turned education leader Adriana Aviles, while Vickie Paladino is running as a Republican. The district is currently represented by Democrat Paul Vallone.
Nabaraj immigrated to the U.S. from Nepal nearly two decades ago. “I was born in Nepal,” he told CityLimits. “I have seen both sorrow and happiness. So I can understand the real problems of immigrants. That is why I have decided to run for office.”
He told the paper he believes his candidacy will inspire immigrants from other minority communities to get involved in New York politics, even though immigrants of Nepali descent have not yet moved forward. “I consider myself a suitable candidate because Queens in New York itself is an immigrant home,” he said. “And I’m very excited.”
After attending public schools and receiving his master’s degree in Global Leadership from Duquesne University, Nabraj has worked as an entrepreneur, professional realtor and a community servant. From 2019-2020, he served as president of the Rotary Club of New York, Queens, and currently serves as assistant governor for Rotary District 7255
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Nabaraj has continued to help those in need, distributing meals, PPE, and other resources for Queens residents. He was a recipient of the “COVID-19 Hero Award” by Hami Negali Global and a COVID-19 Hero by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
Nabaraj lives in College Point with his wife, Ramila, and two sons, Nirabh and Neel.