October 22, 2014

Candidates

Election 2014

U.S. Representative Hanabusa (D-HI) for U.S. Senate
U.S. Representative Mike Honda (D-CA)
U.S. Representative Ami Bera (D-CA)
CA State Senator Ted Lieu for U.S. Representative (CA-33)
Former Iowa State Senator Swati Dandekar for U.S. Representative (IA-1)
Dr. Suja Lowenthal for California State Assembly
U.S. Representative Judy Chu
U.S. Representative Mark Takano
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard
U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth

Election 2012

Dr. Ami Bera
Rob Bonta
Jay Chen
Tammy Duckworth
Tulsi Gabbard
Mazie Hirono
Tim Kaine
Otto Lee
Grace Meng
Dr. Jennifer Ong
Nate Shinagawa
Dr. Mark Takano
Dr. Manan Trivedi

Dr. Ami Bera, Physician and Educator

Running for the US House of Representatives from California’s 16th CD (Folstom, Elk Grove, Eastern Sacramento)

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Dr. Ami Bera

For over 15 years, Dr. Bera has served the Sacramento region as a physician and educator. Ami was born and raised in California at a time of great opportunity. He grew up in a vibrant household, benefiting from traditional values of discipline and hard work, solid educational foundations, and an underlying belief in the American dream.

Most recently, Dr. Bera served as Associate Dean for Admissions at the UC Davis School of Medicine and was the former Chief Medical Officer for the County of Sacramento. Today, at age 45, Ami is running to represent his district in the United States Congress.

The Sacramento Bee again reports as in 2010 that Dr. Bera’s Republican opponent has one of the most contestable Congressional seats in California. Dr. Bera has been very successful in fundraising, and he and his staff are poised to receive nation-wide support for this again key Congressional race.

Rob Bonta, Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda

Running for California State Assembly from District 18 (Alameda, Oakland, San Leandro)

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Rob Bonta
Rob Bonta is the Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda and currently serves as the City of Alameda’s representative on the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

Throughout his career in public service, Vice Mayor Bonta, 39, has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for Alameda’s and California’s public schools. He has fought to prevent layoffs of firefighters and police officers, foster economic development, exercise fiscal responsibility, and improve recreation opportunities for families.

Rob spearheaded the creation of Alameda’s America’s Cup Committee to make Alameda and its neighboring cities a hub of economic activity during what is the third largest sporting event in the world. The America’s Cup, coming to the San Francisco Bay in 2013, is projected to bring over a million visitors and give an estimated $1.4 Billion economic boost to the region. Prior to being elected to the Alameda City Council, Rob was an elected member of the Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors, where he played a key role in stabilizing the finances of Alameda Hospital. He also served as the Chair of the City of Alameda’s Economic Development Commission, where he focused on business attraction and business retention efforts.

Rob began his public service in Alameda as the board president for both the Social Service Human Relations Board, where he fought to protect safety net services for the most vulnerable members of the community, and Alternatives in Action, which oversees high school, preschool and after school programs serving youth from Oakland, San Leandro, and Alameda.

Rob currently serves as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represents the City and County and its employees and brings cases to protect California’s residents from different forms of abuse. Rob’s legal career has included service as a litigation associate for a major Bay Area law firm and as a law clerk for Judge Alvin W. Thompson of the United States District Court in Connecticut. A prolific soccer player, Rob played for the San Francisco Bay Seals, a professional minor league team. He played on two Ivy League Championship teams for Yale College.

Rob has served as the board president of the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County, board member of Filipino Advocates for Justice and the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and is a founding member of the Filipino-American Democratic Club of Alameda County. Rob graduated with honors from Yale College with a degree in History. At Yale, he was awarded the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize, given to the student with the greatest dedication to and capacity for public service. After studying at Oxford University in England, he returned to earn his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School.

Jay Chen, Schoolteacher, Military Servicemember

Running for the US House of Representatives from California’s 39th CD (Brea, Buena Park, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Fullerton, Hacienda Heights, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia, Rowland Heights, Walnut, Yorba Linda)

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Jay Chen
Jay Chen was student leader and academic standout at Wilson High School and garduated Harvard University with honors. After private sector consulting, Jay moved on to build his own small business, investing and managing commercial properties throughout Southern California. He serves his country as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. His public service began by being elected to the Hacienda-La Puente School Board where his colleagues further elected him as president. He also served as the President of the Board for the La Puente Valley Regional Occupation Program & sits on the boards of the Old Pasadena Management District and the San Gabriel Valley YMCA. He is also a board member of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies and President of the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Member Association. An active Democrat, Jay has organized for local and national Democratic candidates and he recruited over 100 volunteers to campaign for President Barack Obama in the swing state of Nevada in 2008. He earned the Democrat of the Year Award for his Assembly District in 2011.

Tammy Duckworth, Former Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Veteran

Running for the US House of Representatives from Illinois’ 8th CD (Lake, McHenry and Cook counties)

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As a Black Hawk helicopter pilot in Operation Iraqi Freedom and deployed in 2004, she was one of the first women to fly combat missions in Iraq until November 12th, 2004 when her helicopter was hit by an RPG. Tammy lost both legs and part of the use of her right arm in the explosion, and was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries.

During her recovery at Walter Reed, Tammy was one of the highest-ranking amputees and became an advocate for her fellow soldiers. Her leadership was recognized when she was asked to testify before Congress and recruited to run for the House of Representatives. After losing a close race, Tammy continued to serve as a Major in the National Guard and became Director of Illinois’ Department of Veterans’ Affairs. There, she implemented many first in the nation programs to address Post Traumatic Stress, improve traumatic brain injury screening and reduce homelessness among Vets.

In 2009, Tammy was tapped by President Obama to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs where she sought to improve the standard of care for Vets. She oversaw VA’s effort to end Veteran homelessness and lead initiatives for female Vets and increased accessibility and accountability with the new Office of Online Communications.

Tammy is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and received a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University. She and her husband Bryan, an Army Major, live in Hoffman Estates where their home was rebuilt for wheelchair access in 2005 by her fellow Soldiers and friends. Despite her injuries, she declined a military medical retirement and continues to drill as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.

Tulsi Gabbard, Honolulu City Councilmember, Military Veteran

Running for the US House of Representatives from Hawai’i’s 2nd CD (Honolulu)

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Tulsi Gabbard
As a member of the Hawai’i National Guard, Tulsi Gabbard served two tours of duty in the Middle East. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and currently serves as a Captain. In 2002, at the age of 21, Tulsi was the youngest person ever elected to the Hawai’i State Legislature. Two years later, Tulsi gave up an easy re-election to voluntarily join her fellow soldiers being deployed to Iraq.

Between her 2 deployments, Tulsi served as legislative aide to U.S. Senator Akaka. In 2010 she was elected to the Honolulu City Council where she currently serves. In June of 2012, Tulsi was honored as one of “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” by the National Jaycees Organization, an award held by President Kennedy, President Clinton, Elvis Presley and others.

Tulsi is offering to serve the people of Hawai’i in the second Congressional District, Patsy Mink’s former seat. The district includes Rural Oahu and all the Neighbor Islands. Tulsi is running to succeed Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, the AAA-Fund endorsee for Hawai’i’s U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Daniel Akaka.

Rep. Mazie Hirono, Member of Congress, Hawai’i’s 2nd District

Running for United States Senate

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Fleeing domestic abuse in Japan, Mazie Hirono’s mother made a new home for her family in Hawai’i. Her struggle inspired Mazie to overcome discrimination and launch a distinguished career in public service. Though English is her second language, Mazie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawai’i and earned her law degree from Georgetown University. She served two terms as Hawai’i’s lieutenant governor before succeeding the late Patsy Mink as congresswoman for the state’s second district.

A national advocate for quality early education, Mazie was instrumental in creating Hawai’i’s Pre-Plus Program as lieutenant governor and was named Pre-K Now’s “Pre-K Champion” in 2008. Mazie’s leadership in Congress has helped save or create 15,000 jobs in her state and secured $194 million in funding to prevent cuts to education. Mazie has also taken a hard line against the anti-woman, anti-family agenda of the current GOP House majority.

Tim Kaine, Former VA Governor

Running for US Senate from Virginia

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Tim Kaine
Tim graduated from the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School then took 1 year off during law school to work with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. Tim then practiced law for 18 years, specializing in representing people who had been denied housing due to their race or disability. He also taught at the University of Richmond, an association that continues to this day. Tim entered politics in 1994, running for the Richmond City Council to bridge divisions in city leadership. He served until 2001 as a Councilman and Mayor. Tim specialized in targeting tax cuts for small businesses and homeowners, built the city’s first new schools in a generation & dramatically cut the city’s crime rate. Richmond saw an economic renaissance that led to increasing population, a bond rating upgrade and recognition by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s ten best cities for doing business. In 2001, Tim was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He worked for 4 years with then-Governor Mark Warner to reform Virginia’s budget and improve Virginia’s education system. During this time, he was co-chair of the 2002 statewide campaign to expand higher education facilities and helped create the New College Institute in Martinsville, greatly expanding opportunities in historically underserved Southside VA. In 2005, Tim was elected Virginia’s 70th Governor. In the midst of America’s deepest recession in 70 years, Tim led the state to national recognition. Virginia was honored as the best managed state in America (Governing Magazine), the Best State for Business (Forbes.com — four years in a row) and the best state to raise a child (Education Week). Virginia maintained its Triple A bond rating for fiscal management — an honor shared by only 7 states — and had one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates and highest median incomes. As Governor, Tim cut the state budget by more than 5 Billion dollars, including a reduction in his own salary yet expanded early childhood and technical education, passed the largest bond package for higher education construction in Virginia history, reformed the state’s mental health and foster care programs, reduced the infant mortality rate, protected open space and the Chesapeake Bay, banned smoking in bars and restaurants, and pushed major rail and public transit improvements throughout the state. Tim also brokered the deal to eliminate Virginia’s estate tax and cut income taxes for tens of thousands of low-income residents. Tim was the Chairman of the Southern Governor’s Association in 2008-09 and served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee 2009-2011. Tim has been married for 27 years to Anne Holton, the daughter of former Republican Governor Linwood Holton who served as a legal aid lawyer and juvenile court judge before becoming First Lady of Virginia. After working with Tim to reform Virginia’s foster care system, she now helps other states as a child welfare consultant with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Otto Lee, Patent Attorney, Military Veteran

Running for the US House of Representatives from California’s 22nd CD (Fresno, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare, Joaquin Valley)

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Otto Lee
Otto’s parents came from Hong Kong when he was 15 seeking the American dream. Working in their family Chinese restaurant taught him to work hard and be accountable. Otto worked his way through college, earning his BS in chemical and nuclear engineering from UC Berkeley then a JD from Hastings then an LL.M. in public international law from Rijksuniversiteit, the Netherlands. Otto is the founder and managing partner of Intellectual Property Law Group LLP & a registered patent attorney to protecting intellectual capital. After Berkeley, Otto served as an ensign during the first Gulf War. After this initial active duty he continued to serve in the Navy Reserves, recalled to active duty for Operation Noble Eagle in 2003 and again in 2009 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Commander Lee was stationed at Camp Victory in Baghdad as the Chief of Drawdown Material Disposition & Policy at the Combined Joint Logistics Headquarters. He served with distinction, survived many close calls including a mortar landing 90 feet from him & earned several medals including the Bronze Star. Otto is very proud to help plan and execute the largest drawdown since Vietnam, closing more than 200 bases and accounting for the disposition of hundreds of millions of material. He’s currently serving in a unit to defend seaports in South Korea.

Stateside, Otto has been active in city government for the past decade. As a member and chair of the Sunnyvale Planning Commission, Otto helped usher in an era of smart growth and downtown revitalization. He was one of Sunnyvale’s first Asian American city council members, and later mayor, serving 2004-2012 and turning the city’s $14 million budget deficit in 2003 into a small surplus in 2007 & maintaining the city’s excellent municipal bond rating of AA+. Otto was named the NAACP Silicon Valley Legislator of the Year (2011), Veteran of the Year (2012), Community Tod Dad (2012), and received both the 2011 Character Award from the Boy Scouts of America and Community Award from the Asian Law Alliance in 2010. Otto is also involved in numerous community and non-profit organizations. He served as the board chair of ACT for Mental Health, a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Nanotechnology, President of the National League of Cities Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials, a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Energy Committee.

Otto is married to Sally, a CPA who serves as the board vice chair of Asian Americans for Community Involvement.

Grace Meng

Grace Meng, New York State Assemblywoman

Running for the US House of Representatives from New York’s 6th CD (Queens)

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Dr. Jennifer Ong, Optometrist

Running for CA State Assembly from District 20 (San Lorenzo, Cherryland, Ashland, Fairview, Hayward, Castro Valley, Sunol, Union City, North Fremont to Mowry exit)

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Dr. Jennifer Ong

Dr. Ong’s family came here from the Philippines & settled in San Leandro. Her dad was a grocery store produce man and her mom sold hot dogs in the Coliseum. Their hard work enabled Dr. Ong to earn her Doctorate in Optometry at UC Berkeley. Today, she runs her own practice.

Her personal story shapes her policy interests. Her parents had good union jobs with health insurance for her whole family. Her good public education gave her the chance to attend a great public university. As a health care provider, she cares about health issues and is thus so supportive of the First Lady’s campaign against childhood obesity.

Dr. Ong has volunteered in the Hayward schools, donates health care to the poor, started a grassroots campaign against Hepatitis B, volunteered on the Family Violence Council and Child Assault Prevention Program and runs for Assembly to help others have what California gave her and her family.

Nate Shinagawa for Congress, Tompkins County Legislator

Running for the US House of Representatives from New York’s 16th CD (Tompkins County; Seneca, Yates, Schuyler, Chemung, most of Tioga; Steuben, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties; eastern half of Ontario)

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Nate Shinagawa
Nate moved to the Finger Lakes region & remains in the Southern Tier to proudly support local communities. Nate has served on the Tompkins County Legislature for over 6 years & currently serves as the legislature’s Vice-Chair. He has led the county’s Budget & Capital Committee, Government Performance & Workforce Relations Committee and the Health & Human Services Committee. Nate served as a legislative aide to Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton for 2 years to solve constituent concerns and develop policies on healthcare and environmental issues. Nate has served for the last 3 years as an Administrator for a non-profit hospital system nationally recognized for its high quality and low costs where he championed a new culture of safety in healthcare focused on collaboration, critical thinking, and transparency to lower infection rates, medical errors & employee threats. Nate accordingly works to broaden health care access, reduce costs and improve overall quality in the legislature. While Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, Nate helped to successfully fight then Governor Pataki’s proposed closure of Lakeside Nursing Home, a skilled nursing home that serves mostly Medicare and Medicaid patients. Nate has served for 2 years on the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency and the Economic Development Corporation to bring $56 million in job-growth investment to Tompkins County. Nate also served on the Healthcare Subgroup of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council & as Vice-Chair for the Air Service Board of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

Mark Takano, School Leader and Educator

Running for for the US House of Representatives from California’s 41st District (Riverside, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, Perris)

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Mark Takano
Mark was formerly a teacher at Rialto High School. Born and raised in Riverside, Mark attended La Sierra High School in the Alvord Unified School District where he played football and wrestled at the junior varsity level. In 1979, he graduated as the school’s valedictorian. Mark attended Harvard College and received his bachelor’s degree in Government in 1983. During his senior year, he organized and co-founded Ride for Life, a transcontinental bicycle ride to benefit the international development agency Oxfam America. Mark then worked as a substitute teacher for various public school systems in the Boston area. He observed first-hand the disparity between well-funded and acclaimed suburban schools in Brookline and the beleaguered inner-city Boston schools. Mark obtained his secondary teaching credential in Language Arts and Social Studies at UC Riverside & began teaching in the Rialto Unified School District in 1988 in schools serving predominantly Latino and African American students. He has remained a classroom teacher since. In 1990, Mark was elected to the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees, outranking 11 candidates & later elected Board President in 1991. As a Trustee, Mark helped to oversee the transition of the District’s Norco and Moreno Valley campuses to independent colleges. He has won re-election to the Board in 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Mark’s service includes roles on the Community Advisory Board of the Children’s Spine Foundation and the Board of the Chancellor’s Asian Pacific Islander Community Advisory Center at the University of California, Riverside; chairman of the Riverside Mayor’s Task Force on the Digital Divide, Chairman of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the California Democratic Party, a charter member of the Association of Latino Community College Trustees, a member of the Association of California Asian American Trustees and a member of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education. He is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Visionaries Award. In 1992, at age 31, Mark defeated 6 opponents to win the Democratic nomination for then California’s 43rd CD. Mark’s underdog campaign came up less than 550 votes short in one of the closest Congressional elections in California history.

Dr. Manan Trivedi, Physician, Military Veteran

Running for United States Senate in Pennsylvania’s 6th congressional district

www.trivediforcongress.com

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Dr. Manan Trivedi

From 2001 to 2003, Trivedi served as the battalion surgeon for the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment Marine Corps Infantry Battalion. His battalion was among the first U.S. ground forces to enter Iraq. Trivedi served on the front lines of battle, commanding a medical team that cared for over 1,200 of our troops and hundreds of Iraqi civilians. For his service, Lt. Commander Trivedi earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

After his service in Iraq, Trivedi received a Master’s degree in health policy. He drew on his experience with combat medicine as one of the early researchers to investigate the unique mental health issues affecting our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Trivedi went on to serve as health policy advisor to the Navy Surgeon General and was an assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

Since leaving the Navy, Trivedi is a primary care physician at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He met his wife Surekha while they were in college together. They live with their daughter in Birdsboro, Berks County, where they enjoy outdoor activities and are avid Philadelphia sports fans.

Election 2010

Ami Bera
Rob Bonta
Mazie Hirono
Mike Honda
Suzanne Lee
Mark Takano
William Tong
Manan Trivedi

Dr. Ami Bera, Community Leader and Physician

Running for Congress in California’s 3rd CD

www.beraforcongress.com

Dr. Ami Bera

For over 15 years, Dr. Bera has served the Sacramento region as a physician and educator. Ami was born and raised in California at a time of great opportunity. He grew up in a vibrant household, benefiting from traditional values of discipline and hard work, solid educational foundations, and an underlying belief in the American dream.

Most recently, Dr. Bera served as Associate Dean for Admissions at the UC Davis School of Medicine and was the former Chief Medical Officer for the County of Sacramento. Today, at age 45, Ami is running to represent his district in the United States Congress.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Dr. Bera’s Republican opponent has one of the most contestable Congressional seats in California. Dr. Bera has been very successful in fundraising, and he and his staff are poised to receive nation-wide support for this key Congressional race.

Rob Bonta, Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda

Running for California State Assembly, Assembly District 18 (East Bay)

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Rob Bonta
Rob Bonta is the Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda and currently serves as the City of Alameda’s representative on the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

Throughout his career in public service, Vice Mayor Bonta, 39, has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for Alameda’s and California’s public schools. He has fought to prevent layoffs of firefighters and police officers, foster economic development, exercise fiscal responsibility, and improve recreation opportunities for families.

Rob spearheaded the creation of Alameda’s America’s Cup Committee to make Alameda and its neighboring cities a hub of economic activity during what is the third largest sporting event in the world. The America’s Cup, coming to the San Francisco Bay in 2013, is projected to bring over a million visitors and give an estimated $1.4 Billion economic boost to the region. Prior to being elected to the Alameda City Council, Rob was an elected member of the Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors, where he played a key role in stabilizing the finances of Alameda Hospital. He also served as the Chair of the City of Alameda’s Economic Development Commission, where he focused on business attraction and business retention efforts.

Rob began his public service in Alameda as the board president for both the Social Service Human Relations Board, where he fought to protect safety net services for the most vulnerable members of the community, and Alternatives in Action, which oversees high school, preschool and after school programs serving youth from Oakland, San Leandro, and Alameda.

Rob currently serves as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represents the City and County and its employees and brings cases to protect California’s residents from different forms of abuse. Rob’s legal career has included service as a litigation associate for a major Bay Area law firm and as a law clerk for Judge Alvin W. Thompson of the United States District Court in Connecticut. A prolific soccer player, Rob played for the San Francisco Bay Seals, a professional minor league team. He played on two Ivy League Championship teams for Yale College.

Rob has served as the board president of the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County, board member of Filipino Advocates for Justice and the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and is a founding member of the Filipino-American Democratic Club of Alameda County. Rob graduated with honors from Yale College with a degree in History. At Yale, he was awarded the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize, given to the student with the greatest dedication to and capacity for public service. After studying at Oxford University in England, he returned to earn his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School.

Rep. Mazie Hirono, Member of Congress, Hawai’i’s 2nd District

Running for United States Senate

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Fleeing domestic abuse in Japan, Mazie Hirono’s mother made a new home for her family in Hawai’i. Her struggle inspired Mazie to overcome discrimination and launch a distinguished career in public service. Though English is her second language, Mazie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawai’i and earned her law degree from Georgetown University. She served two terms as Hawai’i’s lieutenant governor before succeeding the late Patsy Mink as congresswoman for the state’s second district.

A national advocate for quality early education, Mazie was instrumental in creating Hawai’i’s Pre-Plus Program as lieutenant governor and was named Pre-K Now’s “Pre-K Champion” in 2008. Mazie’s leadership in Congress has helped save or create 15,000 jobs in her state and secured $194 million in funding to prevent cuts to education. Mazie has also taken a hard line against the anti-woman, anti-family agenda of the current GOP House majority.

Before a competitive general election, Mazie will likely face former Congressman and Blue Dog Ed Case in a Democratic primary for the Senate seat. Republicans have recruited Republican former Governor Linda Lingle in an attempt to turn this blue seat red and gain control of the Senate. Supporting Mazie means both helping to hold the Democratic majority in the Senate and an incredible opportunity to elect the first Asian-American woman senator.

Rep. Mike Honda, Member of Congress, CA District 15

Running for Election in California’s 17th CD

www.mikehonda.org

Rep. Mike Honda

Rep. Mike Honda currently represents the 15th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a representative of Silicon Valley, Mike is a leader on high-tech issues in Congress, working to develop technology solutions to solve problems inherent in aging federal infrastructures. Mike has led efforts to bring more security to the nation’s IT and aviation infrastructures while safeguarding the civil rights of passengers. As a long-time public servant before the birth of Silicon Valley, Mike has also focused his energy on important issues such as education, transportation, the environment, and civil rights.

In 2000, Mike was elected to the United States House of Representatives. Mike serves on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations.bio His subcommittees include: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.

In 2005, Mike was selected by his Democratic colleagues to serve as a Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and is the Regional Whip for Northern California, Hawai’i, American Samoa and Guam. Mike also has served as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and the Chair of the AAA-Fund’s Honorary Board, and is a widely-recognized voice for the cause of social justice, cultural tolerance, and civil rights.

Suzanne Lee, Community Leader and Educator

Running for Election to Boston City Council

www.suzanneleeboston.com

Suzanne Lee

Suzanne Lee is a community advocate and educator with a long record of reforming public schools. As a principal, she led a high-profile turnaround of the Baldwin School, transforming a low-achieving and divided school into a nationwide model for reform. She also headed the Josiah Quincy School, which was named one of the top schools in Massachusetts.

Suzanne Lee has been active in the community for decades, bringing people together and helping new residents, immigrants, young people, seniors, and working families have a voice in local government. She organized the Chinese Parents Association to help parents take a more active role in their children’s education, fought to help local, unemployed garment workers get back to work, and collaborated with the Boston Foundation to address persistent poverty in local neighborhoods.

Beyond the schoolhouse doors, Suzanne has been an activist in the community for over three decades. In 1977, she brought residents together to form the Chinese Progressive Association, a highly-regarded, community-based organization that has stood up against police brutality, organized garment workers, and fought for affordable housing throughout Boston. In 1987, Suzanne fought to establish Boston’s first bilingual job-training program. Most recently, she helped lead the movement to provide Chinese and Vietnamese voters with bilingual ballots, allowing greater participation in the democratic process.

Mark Takano, Teacher

Running for United States House of Representatives in California’s newly created 41st congressional district

www.marktakano.com

Mark Takano

The AAA-Fund Endorses Mark Takano for Congress. Takano is running for Congress in California’s newly created congressional district 41 against Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, a Republican. Congressional District 41 includes Riverside, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, and Perris.

Born and raised in Riverside, Takano is a life-long educator who has spent his career educating youth and encouraging them to succeed. As President of the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees, he helped the Board and the District gain stability and direction amid serious fiscal challenges. Takano is also a member of the Association of California Asian American Trustees and the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education. Previously, he served on the board of the Chancellor’s Asian Pacific Islander Community Advisory Center at the University of California, Riverside and is the former chairman of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the California Democratic Party.

Rep. William Tong, CT State Representative District 147

Running for United States Senate in Connecticut

www.williamtong.com

Rep. William Tong

Connecticut State Representative William Tong attended Phillips Academy (Andover), Brown University, and the University of Chicago Law School, where he studied Constitutional Law under Barack Obama. As an adult, William never forgot the long hours he spent as a child working side-by-side with his immigrant Chinese parents in their family restaurant. He spent nights and weekends washing dishes, cooking and waiting tables, and learning first-hand what it is to struggle, to run a small business, and to confront the challenges that working families face every day.

In his historic campaign for Connecticut State Representative in 2006, Rep. Tong soundly beat an entrenched Republican incumbent to make history as the first Democrat ever to represent the 147th District in the General Assembly, and the first Asian Pacific American elected at the state level in Connecticut’s history. In 2008, he was the first elected official in Connecticut to endorse then Senator, Barack Obama for President.

Rep. Tong made an impressive showing in his first quarterly fundraising total and his hiring of nationally-respected campaign staff. Talking Points Memo reported that, “Connecticut State Representative and Senate candidate William Tong is making a huge splash with his impressive second quarter haul…[bringing] in $550,000 before the June 30th deadline as reported by Politico.”

Dr. Manan Trivedi, Doctor at Reading General

Running for United States Senate in Pennsylvania’s 6th congressional district

www.trivediforcongress.com

Dr. Manan Trivedi

From 2001 to 2003, Trivedi served as the battalion surgeon for the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment Marine Corps Infantry Battalion. His battalion was among the first U.S. ground forces to enter Iraq. Trivedi served on the front lines of battle, commanding a medical team that cared for over 1,200 of our troops and hundreds of Iraqi civilians. For his service, Lt. Commander Trivedi earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

After his service in Iraq, Trivedi received a Master’s degree in health policy. He drew on his experience with combat medicine to become one of the early researchers to investigate the unique mental health issues affecting our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Trivedi went on to serve as health policy advisor to the Navy Surgeon General and was an assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

Since leaving the Navy, Trivedi is a primary care physician at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He met his wife Surekha while they were in college together. They live with their daughter in Birdsboro, Berks County, where they enjoy outdoor activities and are avid Philadelphia sports fans.