Meet Huge

My name is Huge Ma and I'm a software engineer, activist and problem solver. I'm running to use technology for good, demand real climate action and fight for world-class transit.

Queens born and raised

I was raised by immigrants. My mom gave up a career in Hong Kong and worked at LIC garment factories to put herself through studies at LaGuardia Community College, eventually becoming a 1199SEIU union nurse; my dad was a small business owner who often worked 7 days a week. We spent days off at Astoria Park and watched movies on $3 Tuesdays at Center Cinemas in Sunnyside.

I’m a proud graduate of public schools. I attended schools like I.S. 5 in Elmhurst, where 77% of students face economic hardship, with classmates whose families came from all corners of the earth. Growing up alongside children of taxi drivers, nurses and cooks, I learned the importance of a quality education for upward mobility to working-class families.

In my sophomore year of high school, my dad passed away from a sudden stroke. I learned how to solve problems because there were bills to pay, a small business to keep afloat, college to figure out. I still carry that same spirit with me today and will fight for families who today face the same challenges.

Hanging out in Queens
Stop the Hate Special (ABC News)

Serving my neighbors in a pandemic

Remember what it was like to get a vaccine in January? Like many of you, I spent hours refreshing websites and exchanging tips with friends to find an appointment for my mom. I knew that—for working people and those with difficulties accessing the internet—finding a vaccine would be an impossible task. I built TurboVax because the system was broken. When the Mayor and Governor couldn’t come together to deliver a single website to find a vaccine, I used my technology background to deliver a platform that helped hundreds of thousands of teachers, grocery store workers and other regular New Yorkers get the vaccine. 

But with the eyes of New York on TurboVax, I decided to use its moment to bring attention to another epidemic: the wave of anti-Asian hate. I raised $200,000 for Welcome to Chinatown, a non-profit that manages the only small business relief program for Manhattan Chinatown. I even suspended TurboVax to raise awareness about anti-Asian violence, a decision that I deeply struggled with. In the end, I wanted to underscore that if we as a society did not listen to the concerns of Asian-Americans, we risked losing the contributions of Asian-Americans too.

Press conference with Sen. Schumer
Receiving Senate proclamation from State Sen. Brad Hoylman

Problem solver for the people

I took action when the needs of my neighbors weren’t being addressed.

I’m taking action now because we need a representative who will address our needs in District 37. I am running for the Queensbridge tenant who lives with lead paint, for the Sunnyside resident facing a rent hike and for the frustrated Ridgewood commuter waiting for their bus to arrive.

It doesn’t have to be this way. I will take on the challenges of today with creativity and urgency. Let’s work together and build a New York that works for all of us.

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