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Politico New York: "Arne Duncan endorses Cho in City Council race"
By Eliza Shapiro
Monday, July 18, 2017

Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has endorsed Ronnie Cho's bid for City Council.

Cho, who worked as the Millennial Outreach Director under former President Barack Obama, is running to replace Rosie Mendez in a district that includes the East Village and Lower East Side.

"Ronnie has my full support for his run for New York City Council," Duncan said in a statement. "He has not only demonstrated a clear commitment to advancing social justice and equity in our communities, but has already had a tangible impact int he lives of countless families."

 

New York Daily News: "Obama adviser to headline fund-raiser for City Council candidate"
By Jillian Jorgensen
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"An adviser to former President Barack Obama will headline a fund-raising breakfast for City Council candidate Ronnie Cho on Wednesday, the Daily News has learned.

The aide, David Axelrod, has previously raised cash for Cho at a fundraiser in Chicago. This one will be a little closer to the Lower East Side district Cho is looking to represent — the breakfast will be held in New York City.

Cho is a former Obama White House and campaign staffer, and has gotten high-profile help from others in the Obama orbit, including former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and actor-turned-admin-official Kal Penn."

 

East Village Patch: "Obama Adviser David Axelrod To Fundraise For City Council Candidate"
By Clara McCarthy
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"An adviser to former President Barack Obama will headline a fund-raising breakfast for City Council candidate Ronnie Cho on Wednesday, the Daily News has learned.

The aide, David Axelrod, has previously raised cash for Cho at a fundraiser in Chicago. This one will be a little closer to the Lower East Side district Cho is looking to represent — the breakfast will be held in New York City.

Cho is a former Obama White House and campaign staffer, and has gotten high-profile help from others in the Obama orbit, including former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and actor-turned-admin-official Kal Penn."

A former top adviser for the Obama administration will help fundraise for City Council candidate Ronnie Cho on Wednesday, according to Cho.

David Axelrod, a longtime Democratic strategist and top adviser to former President Barack Obama, will join Cho at a Wednesday morning breakfast, the New York Daily News first reported. Cho is running for District 2's open City Council seat, which represents the East Village, the Lower East Side, Gramercy and Murray Hill. Cho, himself a former staffer in the Obama White House, boasts an impressive resume 

 

WGN Radio: "Is Ronnie Cho the Democrats great hope in 2020?"
Interview with Justin Kaufman
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Former President Obama staffer Ronnie Cho joins Justin to talk about why he’s running for New York City Council, how President Obama inspired him to run for office, the importance of getting millennials interested in government, the movement of young people to take back the democratic party and being drawn to the challenge of governing in New York City.

 

New York Daily News: "NYC Council hopeful gets campaign help from former Obama aides"
By Jillian Jorgensen
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"It's been a good two months, I have to say, we are making our rounds around the neighborhood and I've been, you know, pretty pleased and excited that some of my old Obama friends and family members have really kind of rallied around myself and a number of other candidates that have come out of that camp," Cho, 34, told the Daily News.

 

Time Magazine: "Inside the Grassroots Movement to Groom a New Generation of Democratic Candidates"
By Alex Altman
Thursday, April 13, 2017

On his way out the door, Obama tried to address the problem. At his farewell speech in Chicago on Jan. 10, the former President made a plea to his young supporters. "If you're disappointed by your elected officials," he said, "grab a clipboard, get some signatures and run for office yourself."

Ronnie Cho was in the crowd that night, and the line struck a chord. He was an original Obama acolyte, crisscrossing the Iowa cornfields in 2007 as a caucus organizer on his campaign and later following the President to the White House. So at age 34, he decided to leave his job as a vice president for MTV in New York City to run for an open city council seat in his East Village neighborhood this fall. He's not the only Obama alumnus looking to jump into the ring this year. "I think many of us," he says, "are eager to give it a shot."

 

The Guardian: "Former Obama staffers run for office to protect the progressive policies they built"
By Amber Jamieson
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ronnie Cho got the name nickname “Chobama” while knocking on doors in Iowa in 2007, and then followed the president to the White House as a youth affairs aide call-to-arms from his commander in chief is not something he can ignore.

“Barack Obama, I never want to disappoint,” Cho said.

On 10 January he stood among the thousands gathered in McCormick Place, Chicago, for Obama’s final speech as president. Cho’s mother, originally from South Korea and now a retired customer service worker, flew out from Phoenix to be there with her son. 

So when Obama told the crowd that if they were disappointed with their elected officials, “grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself”, that was it.

Cho turned to his mother and his 2008 campaign and White House cohorts and announced he would run for New York city council in 2017.

“He challenged us: if you really believe in the work we did and what we fought for, let’s keep working for this and I’m counting on you. If it weren’t for that, how many of us would have the courage?” said Cho, 34, speaking to the Guardian at a Puerto Rican restaurant in his East Village neighborhood, in the council district 2 seat he’s hoping to win.