AAPI Candidates

Today’s Election 2017, so I share my personal list of AAPI candidates today with updates as long and frequently as necessary to get all results. I use APSA’s style guide which largely follows CMS’s.

  • WIN! Bee Nguyen for GA House HD89 (ATL E: Kirkwood, Edgewood, Gresham Park, Constitution) – 12/5/2017 General Election’s Special Election Runoff, @BeeForGeorgia
  • WIN Manka Dhingra for WA State Senate D45 (Kirkland, Duvall, Sammaish) – Indian Sikh opposing GOP’s Jinyoung Lee Englund in a Special Election, crucial race for WA House control, @ElectManka
  • WIN: Kathy Tran for VA Delegate HD42 (Springfield, Lorton, Fairfax, Mt Vernon) – former refugee, @KathyKLTran
  • WIN Kelly Convirs-Fowler for VA House of Delegates D21 (VA Beach) – defeated 4-term GOP Filipino Ron Villanueva in her 1st run
  • Nadya Okamoto, Cambridge MA city council – Proportional Representation (PR) election, has run very impressive campaign at age 19 while studying, @VoteNadya, lost an inspiring, impressive, disciplined campaign
  • WIN Hongbin Gu for Chapel Hill City Council – viral racist incident, @HongBin4council
  • WIN Margaret Chin for NY City Council CD1 (Lower Manhattan: FiDi, Chinatown) – @CM_MargaretChin
  • WIN: Ravi Bhalla for Hoboken Mayor – viral racist incident, highly contested 6-way race, 1st tubaned Sikh mayor in US history; @RaviBhalla
  • Alex Wan for Atlanta City Council President – @AlexWanforATL, was 29,960 to 29,694 at 95% reporting then declared win but lost runoff
  • WIN Michelle Wu re-for Boston City Council President – @WuTrain
  • WIN Cyndi Nguyen for New Orleans City Council District E (Lower 9th Ward, East, Gentilly)- #Vote4CyndiNguyen
  • WIN Vin Gopal for NJ Senate D11 (Monmouth Cty) – 1% Indian district unseating incumbent Beck is totally impressive, @vingopal
  • WIN Shanti Narra for Middlesex County Freeholder – North Brunswick Councilwoman 2009-present
  • WIN Raj Mukerjee/Mukherji re-for NJ Assembly D33 (Hudson Cty)
  • WIN Samip “Sam” Joshi for Edison Township Council; other Indian candidates
  • WIN Vijay Kapoor for Asheville City Council – @VijayVkk165
  • WIN Dimple Ajmera for Charlotte City Council At-Large – current District 5 council member, @DimpleAjmera
  • WIN Jingwei Shi, Falguni Patel for Edison Township Board of Education – viral racist incident
  • WIN Ralph Northam for VA Governor – endorsed 9/28, not AAPI but crucial race due to Ed’s harm to VA AAPI noted our VA chapter @daav9; @RalphNortham
  • Jannie Chung for NJ State Assembly LD39 (Bergen) – 20% Korean district, @Flipthe39th, narrow loss in a 4-way race
  • Christine Chen for NJ State Senate LD23 (Somerset Cty, Hunterdon Cty, Warren Cty) – I grew up adjacent in LD16, @Chen4Change; lost 2-3 in a solid GOP district, it’s turning bigly
  • Peter Koo for NY City Council CD20 (Qns E: Flushing, Bayside) – disrespectful campaign comments against @Alison4NYC; @CMPeterKoo, no election as no opponent, how opportune
  • Bob Hasegawa for Mayor (Seattle) – @bhasegawa, 3rd place finish

2017 In Memoriam

  • Ronnie Cho for NY City Council CD2 (LES, Union Sq, Kips Bay, Gramercy Pk, Murray Hill, Rose Hill) – lost 9/12 primary despite big name from outside NYC, @RonnieCho
  • Alison Tan for NY City Council CD20 (Flushing, Murray Hill, Queensboro) – lost 9/12 primary
  • Nancy Tong for NY City Council D43 (Dyker Hts) – lost 9/12 primary
  • Rev. Khader El-Yateem for for NY City Council D43 (Dyker Hts) – lost 9/12 primary, Palestine is in Asia
  • Chris Miao for for NY City Council D38 (Sunset Pk) – lost 9/12 primary
  • Mike Fong for State Assembly AD51 (LA NE) – lost 10/3 Special Primary Election
  • Amy Sangiolo for Mayor (Newton, MA) – exited 10/5, is Ward 4 City Councilor at-large
  • Louis Tseng for Duluth (GA) City Council Post 2, lost

2017 GOP – all lost; AAAFund only endorses progressives who’ve defended or represented our community

  • Margaret Ahn for NJ Senate D37 (Hackensack) – lost 2015 for Fort Lee City Council and lost 2017
  • Subba Kolla for VA House of Delegates D86 (Loudon) – lost in an area where our Northam won by nearly 24k votes despite losing it in 2014, the Resistance works, we are stronger together, together we are unstoppable
  • Deepak Malhotra for NJ Assembly D19 (Middlesex Cty) – lost
  • Priti Pandya-Patel for Middlesex County Freeholder – lost

Election 2018 – icon for endorsed candidates

  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy for FL-07 (Orlando E, Sanford) – @RepStephMurphy, @SMurphyCongress
  • Rep. Ami Bera for CA-07 (Sacramento) – @RepAmiBera
  • John Chiang for Governor (CA) – @JohnChiangCA, @CalTreasurer
  • Andrew “Andy” Kim for NJ-03 (Ocean, Burlington) – @RISE_Stronger’s founder? vs TrumpCare author Tom MacArthur whose viral video of being ripped apart weakened him, @AndyKimNJ
  • David “Dave” Min for CA-45 (Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, the Canyons and parts of Anaheim Hills, Coto de Caza, Orange) – @DaveMinCA, @DKMin
  • Donna Mercado Kim for HI-01 (Honolulu) – was HI Sen
  • Kaniela Ing for HI-01 (Honolulu) – now HI Rep
  • Beth Fukumoto – target of virulent racist attacks after leaving the GOP
  • Dr. Mai-Khanh Tran for CA-39 (Orange Cty) – vs pro-Trump Rep. Ed Royce, @DocTran2018
  • Theresa Mah re-for IL Assembly HD2 (Chicago) – @TeresaMah
  • Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz for IL Assembly HD17 (Glenview, Highland Pk) – @jhg1969, @hgershowitz
  • Gina Ortiz Jones for TX-23 (SAT) – @GinaOrtizJones
  • Chetan Panda for TX-25 (Austin) – very crowded field being Austin, @panda2018TX
  • Sameena Mustafa for IL-05 (Cook, DuPage) – incumbent Rep. Mike Quigley (D) is very popular, @sameenacongress
  • Betty Yee for CA Treasurer – @BettyYeeforCA, @CAController
  • Rep. Ted Lieu re-for CA-33 (LA W: Malibu, Santa Monica, Torrance, Verdes) – @RepTedLieu, @TedLieu
  • Rep. Grace Meng re-for NY-06 (Queens: Flushing, Rego Park, Kissena, Murray Hill, Bayside) – @RepGraceMeng, @Grace4NY
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal re-for WA-07 (Seattle, Vashon, Lynnwood) – @RepJayapal, @PramilaJayapal
  • Sen. Mazie Hirono re-for US Senate (HI) – @SenMazieHirono, @MazieHirono, @MazieforHawaii
  • Dan Arrigg Koh for MA-03 (Lowell) – @KohForCongress, @DanK
  • Abhijit “Beej” Das for MA-03 (Lowell) – @BeejDas, @Beej2018
  • Aruna Miller for MD-06 (Allegany, Garrett, Washington) – Indian, current MD Delegate D15 (Montgomery Cty), @ArunaMiller
  • Mona Das for WA-08 (King E, Pierce) – @MonaDas
  • Andrew Janz for CA-22 (Fresno) – @JanzforCongress
  • Lily Qi for Maryland House of Delegates D15 (Montgomery) – Hamza Khan might run also, @LilyQiMaryland
  • Dr. Hiral Tipirneni for AZ-08 (Sun City W, Surprise, Peoria, Goodyear, New River) – Indian, @hiral4congress; primary February 27, 2018, special election April 24, 2018, winnable
  • Anita Malik for AZ-06 (PHX NE, Scottsdale, Desert View, Deer Valley, McDowell, Carefree, Fountain Hills) – Indian, @AnitaMalik, @anita9218
  • Sam Park for GA House HD101 (Gwinnett, Larenceville) – openly gay, @SamforGeorgia
  • Jacky Rosen for US Senate (NV) – @RosenforNevada, @RepJackyRosen
  • Stephanie Chang for MI State Senate – current State Rep., @stephanielily @stephaniechang6
  • Tina Maharath for OH State Senate D3 (Sandusky, Seneca) – Laotian-American, @TinaMaharath
  • Gov. David Ige for HI Gov. – vs @ColleenHanabusa; @GovHawaii, @GovDavidIge
  • Lindy Li for PA-01 (Philadelphia Cty, Delaware Cty) – impressive 2016 campaign ended only due to technical error in that safely GOP PA-06 (Bucks, Lebanon, Chester), @LindyLi
  • Krish Vignarajah for MD Gov. – @KrishForMD
  • Sachin Varghese for GA State HD89 (ATL E: Kirkwood, Edgewood, Gresham Park, Constitution), @sachin_varghese
  • David Kim for GA-07 (Gwinett) – @DavidKim2018, endorsed
  • Ethan Pham for GA-07 (Gwinett) – @VoteEthanPham
  • Jane Kim? – now SF Supervisor District 6, narrow defeat in same in 2016, @JaneKim

2020 – unknowns thusfar

  • Helen Gym re-for Philadelphia Councilmember at-Large – endorsed in 2015, @HelenGymAtLarge, @HelenGym2015 (active)
  • David Oh re-for Philadelphia Councilmember at-Large, @DavidOhPhilly, @CouncilmanOh


  • I’m moving all this into a master list of candidates
  • WikiPedia had our endorsed candidates, will restore to our site
  • our Twitter list of candidates is incomplete; also read #MyAAPIVote, #OurAAPIVoice
  • allies @RunAAPI, @AAPIVC, @APIAVote, @18mr, et al. did heroic parallel work this election

Victory for our community.

Asian American Action Fund Endorses Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress

Ortiz would be first Filipina-American Elected to House of Representatives

SOctober 4, 2017 – The Asian American Action Fund proudly endorsed Gina Ortiz Jones to represent Texas’s 23rd Congressional district. Ortiz Jones is running for the seat currently held by Republican Congressman Will Hurd, one of the most highly targeted races for the 2018 cycle. The Texas 23rd stretches across much of the Southwest from western San Antonio to just outside El Paso.

Gautam Dutta of the AAA-Fund said, “We are very excited to support Gina Ortiz Jones in her candidacy for the 23rd District. As the daughter of a Filipina immigrant and single mom, she knows firsthand how important it is to ensure the American Dream can be passed on to new immigrants. She has dedicated her life to serving her country as a veteran of the Iraq War and has built a distinguished career in national security. We are proud to support her historic candidacy as she would be the first Filipina-American elected to the U.S. Congress.”

Jones expressed her gratitude for the endorsement and said, “America’s strength is in our diversity; immigrants like my mother have contributed so much to the lifeblood of this country. I understand that while talent is universal, opportunity is not. I’m running to ensure others in San Antonio, West Texas, and all across America have the same opportunities I had to grow up healthy, receive a quality education, and serve my country. I’m grateful to have the AAA-Fund’s support.”

To learn more about her campaign, go to GinaOrtizJones.com or her Facebook Page.

AAA-Fund is a Democratic progressive political organization that is dedicated to empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States. Through the AAA-Fund, Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) from different ethnic groups and from all over the country work together to increase the voice of the AAPI community in local, state and federal government. We do this by helping to elect AAPI and other political candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to the community, and by engaging AAPIs in the political process.

Endorsement Statement Dr. Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia

The Asian American Action Fund announced today that it has endorsed Dr. Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia. Northam is the current Lieutenant Governor and running for Governor against candidate Ed Gillespie, a prominent Republican lobbyist.

Rose Chu of the AAAF-Virginia Chapter is so proud to have Lt. Governor Ralph Northam as a candidate for Governor, since “he understands the importance of affordable health care and college costs. He was able to pass legislation banning smoking in restaurants and works for sensible gun control.”

Dr. Northam is a Virginia native, a pediatric neurologist, and an Army veteran. With experience as a physician and an assistant professor of neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Northam is working to expand Medicaid in Virginia. He has a strong record of protecting women’s reproductive health. As a business owner and a veteran he is focused upon economic growth through government efficiency and the promotion of growth industries like biotechnology, drone research, and cybersecurity.

We are especially happy to endorse Dr. Northam because of his commitment to equal rights for all ethnic groups. He has fought unfair gerrymandering, worked to protect fair housing access, and championed LGBT rights. On immigration he opposes a Muslim ban and any law which discriminates base upon race, religion, or country of origin.

In addition to formally endorsing Lt. Governor Northam, the AAA-Fund was pleased earlier this year to work with Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV) to award the inaugural Joe Montano campaign fellowship to Sharon Kwon who joined the Ralph Northam for Governor campaign as a regional political director handling Asian American outreach. “This is a critical moment in American politics and I am honored to be given this opportunity to work with the Asian American community in Virginia. I look forward to working with the local Asian American community to build on the momentum of resistance and make our presence felt statewide and nationally,” said Kwon. Kwon worked for the Democratic Party of Virginia coordinated campaign in Newport News in 2016. She has a graduate degree from Georgetown University and lived in Beijing, China for two years.

Paul Tiao, AAA-Fund Co-Founder, said “there are over 300,000 eligible AAPI voters in Virginia, comprising 5% of the population. In critical swing counties such as Fairfax, Loudon and Prince William, AAPIs are 15% of the population. AAPI voter made the decisive difference in close races such as Jim Webb for Senate in 2006, Mark Warner for Senate in 2014 and helping Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton win Virginia. We are thrilled to have Sharon join the Northam team to ensure Asian American voters know why his health care expertise and leadership are better for our communities.”

DAAV and AAA-Fund are cosponsoring the Joe Montano Campaign Fellowship Program. Joe Montano (1968-2016) was a prominent Filipino-American activist for Asian American causes, grassroots campaign organizer, close aide to Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and was Senator Kaine’s Northern Virginia representative. Dewita Soeharjono, chair of DAAV, said, “We are so happy to have named this fellowship in honor of Joe. He was beloved and respected by everyone who worked with him and we miss deeply his smile and can-do optimism. He remains deeply missed among Virginia Democrats and a role model for Asian Americans seeking to better our communities through political activism.”

To learn more about his campaign, go to RalphNortham.com.

AAA-Fund is a progressive political organization that is dedicated to empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States. Through the AAA-Fund, Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) from different ethnic groups and from all over the country work together to increase the voice of the AAPI community in local, state and federal government. We do this by helping to elect AAPI and other political candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to the community, and by engaging AAPIs in the political process.

Asian American Action Fund Outraged over Trump Cancellation of DACA


Program Granting Work Permits to Immigrant Youth to End in Six Months

The board of the Asian American Action Fund is united in its outrage over President Trump’s proposal to end the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which permits undocumented minors and young adults up to the age of 26 to come out of the shadows, apply for college and graduate studies, and hold work permits.
DACA recipients are our friends, neighbors, relatives, and coworkers. According to the Center for American Progress, there are 18,000 AAPIs who applied for DACA status. DACA recipients are serving in the military, as frontline healthcare workers, and as educators. They were brought to America by their parents and this is the only home they have ever known. Because of President Obama’s vision and leadership, many of these children are on their way to fulfilling their potential and becoming productive members of society.
President Trump’s decision to end DACA puts an end to the dreams of the hundreds of thousands of children who received DACA status. More disturbingly, it puts these young Americans, who were brave enough to come out of the shadows, in legal jeopardy, as the government knows their immigration status and where they live.
AAA Fund vehemently disagrees with President Trump’s cruel decision to end DACA and looks to Congress for answers and relief. We promise to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions and treatment of the most vulnerable Americans.


The Asian American Action Fund (www.aaafund.org) is a Democratic Asian American and Pacific Islander PAC founded in 1999. AAAFund’s goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in every level of local, state and federal government in the United States.

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