Thanks to all who attended the Asian American Action Fund’s 15th Annual Gala last night! It was SRO, with three rows standing in back, all walls filled, and all seats overflowing. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the current Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), made a personal appearance to welcome us and welcome Asian Pacific American participation in all levels of the party. Too many office-holders to name here were in attendance, and we thank every one.
Board Member Puja Bhatia emceed an outstanding program, with top level representatives of the Clinton, O’Malley and Sanders campaigns making the case for their candidates. Spririted discussions were heard all around the room before and after the speeches, with everyone acknowledging that the Asian Pacific American community was the margin of victory for many candidates over the last decade, and APAs almost certainly will be a big factor in many federal, state and local races in 2016.
Two highlights of the evening were the announced AAA-Fund endorsements of Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) for the Illinois United States Senate seat, and Maryland State Rep. Kumar Barve, who served for 13 years as Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates and who is now seeking the U.S. House seat in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.
Thanks again to Lida Peterson and the gala planning committee for another great job, and thanks to all who attended or donated to make it a wonderfully successful evening. If you still want to make a donation to help elect more APAs and promote our community issues in the political sector, then please go to our website today.
As the evening was winding down, it was clear to everyone in attendance that Asian Pacific Americans are poised to play a big role in Campaign 2016. With your support and active involvement, the Asian American Action Fund will definitely be in the forefront of making it happen.