October 30, 2014

Korean American Linda Bryant VA’s 1st AAPI Deputy Attorney General

Editor’s Note: The below is from our friends at Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV).

January 16, 2014
Jennifer Oh | 571 225 1930 | daavmedia@gmail.com

Attorney General Mark Herring Makes Historic AAPI Appointment. Korean American Linda Bryant has been named the Commonwealth’s First AAPI Deputy Attorney General and the First Korean American Attorney appointed by the Commonwealth’s Attorney General.

DAAV (Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia) is pleased to congratulate Linda Bryant of Chesapeake, Virginia as she has been appointed the first AAPI Deputy Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Virginia by Attorney General Mark Herring. Linda will be one of four deputy attorneys general who report to the chief deputy attorney general and the attorney general. Linda will also be the first Korean American attorney to serve in the Commonwealth’s Attorney General Office.

Linda, a Korean American was raised in Springfield, Virginia and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. Linda received undergraduate degrees in History and Spanish from the University of Virginia before completing her law studies at the College of William and Mary.

Following law school, Linda joined the United States Army. She completed basic training and parachutist training. She did her tour of duty as a Captain with the 7th Transportation Group – then co-located at Fort Eustis and Fort Story in Newport News and Virginia Beach. The 7th Transportation Group is known as the “Army’s Navy.” In the 1990s, when Linda served, it was one of the most deployed units of the U.S. Army. The 7th Transportation Group’s mission was to operate seaports, rail terminals and truck transportation routes to make sure our military forces could successfully enter and move forward anywhere in the world during any military deployment.

In 1996, following her tour of active duty service in the United States Army, Linda became an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She moved up through the ranks and became a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and then a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Norfolk, VA.

Since 2010, Linda has been an educator, serving as an adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe School of Law.

Linda has been recognized for leadership and service to the Commonwealth of Virginia with a Virginia“2010 Leader in the Law” award, given to a handful of Virginia attorneys who have improved the Virginia legal system; a “Virginia 2010 Duval Distinguished Prosecutor Award” for fair and ethical service as a prosecutor; and, a “2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award” for combatting violence and racism in the Hampton Roads community. She is currently on the Advisory Board for Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, which finds housing for homeless vets.

Family life is very important to Linda as she is the proud mother to daughter Alex Connell and wife to Scott, who is a 23-year Naval Special Operations Officer, with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit stationed at Little Creek. He and his unit deactivate bombs around the world. Linda’s mother is Kim Fox. Her maiden name is Myungi Kim and resides in Falls Church, Virginia.

Seung Baik, President of the Korean American Bar Association for the Washington, DC Area, said “We are so glad to see the first Korean American attorney appointed to serve the Attorney General of Virginia. The Korean American community is proud of Linda and we look forward to many more years of her leadership. We hope her appointment will inspire young aspiring attorneys all over the Greater Washington, DC Area.”

Mary Thexton, President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia, commented “The AAPI legal community is so pleased to see Attorney General Mark Herring make such an early and noteworthy start to honoring his commitment that the Attorney General’s office be a reflection of Virginia’s diverse population. We applaud this first step and look forward to partnering with the Attorney General’s office in pursuit of justice in our commonwealth. ”

Linda Bryant is expected to begin her service January 27th, 2014.

FAIRFAX, VA—Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV) is a constituency group of self-identified Asian Pacific Americans recognized by the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA). DAAV is dedicated to increasing APA community engagement in the political process through such efforts as supporting increased voter registration, education awareness programs and pro APA community candidates.

AAA Fund Pleased To Announce Endorsements of Mark Keam and Hung Nguyen for Delegates in Virginia

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Trailblazers have long history of community engagement

OCTOBER 9, 2013

Contact: Gautam Dutta (415) 236-2048

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Asian American Action (AAA) Fund is pleased to announce the endorsements of Virginia House Delegate candidates Mark Keam and Hung Nguyen.

Second term Delegate Mark Keam is the first Asian-born immigrant to serve as a Virginia state legislator. He is running for reelection to represent House District 35 (Tysons, Vienna, Oakton) in Fairfax County. Del. Keam has a long history of public service, most recently as Chief Counsel to Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin. Over the past four years, Del. Keam authored several bills that have become law, and continues to work on education, transportation and jobs, as well as making Virginia a welcoming place for immigrants.

Hung Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American small business owner running for Delegate in House District 67 (Chantilly). His commitment to public service stems from his extensive experience in the non-profit sector and his work on numerous appointed positions including the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission, the Virginia Asian Advisory Board, and the Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service. When elected, Nguyen would become the first Vietnamese-American elected official to serve in the state legislature in Virginia history.

AAA-Fund Executive Director Gautam Dutta said, “We’re excited to endorse Mark Keam, who contributes significantly to Asian American politics. We enjoyed working with him during his time on the AAA-Fund Board and know that he will provide commonsense solutions for job creation and education.”

AAA-Fund Board Member Tom Goldstein added: “With his decades of public service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, Hung Nguyen will make sure that our voices are heard in Richmond.”


DC Tues Oct 8: Free Happy Hour with VA’s Mark Keam & Hung Nguyen

The Asian American Action Fund invites you to a happy hour honoring 2 great Asian American candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013: Incumbent Mark Keam (35th District) and challenger Hung Nguyen (67th District). Contributions accepted by the AAA Fund at this event will be used by the AAA Fund to support outstanding leaders who care about the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Tuesday, October 8
6 – 8 p.m.
Local 16, 1602 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Enjoy complimentary pizza and happy hour specials until 8 p.m.

The Asian American Action Fund ( aaa-fund.com) is dedicated to increasing the voice of the Asian
American communities in government by helping to elect candidates who have a demonstrated
commitment to these constituencies.
Suggested Contribution to AAA Fund: $25 at the event or online at http://bit.ly/KeamNguyen13 or sign up for volunteer shifts (with the campaigns) at the event.

Please contact KJ Bagchi KJBagchi@gmail.com or Tom Goldstein TGoldstein@PaxtonGroup.com with any questions.

Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Lyft Helps AAA-Fund in DC

Editor’s Note: This unsolicited offer to the AAA-Fund is with our neither endorsement or confirmation.

Lyft provides ridesharing with background-checks, driver interviews & Lyft-issued insurance. It’s a cheaper, safer & more reliable alternativs. Lyft just launched in DC & offers AAA-Fund members free rides ($20 credit). Download the app (Android, iOS) at Lyft.me, go to Settings, enter code “DCNP” for $20 credit (expires Sept 1 for first 500 AAA-Fund Blog readers).

AAA-Fund Endorses Aneesh Chopra for VA Lt. Gov.

Editor’s Note: Aneesh lost 54-45. Aneesh looks forward to working with Sen. Northram in November.

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Contact: Gautam Dutta (202) 236-2048

AAA-Fund Endorses Aneesh Chopra for Lieutenant Governor

Asian Pacific American PAC Touts Unprecedented Opportunity to Elect First Asian American to Statewide Office in Virginia History

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Asian American Action Fund today endorsed Aneesh Chopra for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. If elected, Chopra would be the first Asian American elected statewide in Virginia.

AAA-Fund Executive Director Gautam Dutta said, “Virginia has become a battleground state due to an influx of minority communities now making their home there. Aneesh’s background as the secretary of technology to Governor Tim Kaine and as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer under President Obama makes him an ideal candidate to strengthen Virginia’s middle class through his emphasis on innovation, technology and education. AAA-Fund is pleased to lend our strong support to his historic candidacy.”


AAA-Fund is a Democratic PAC with local chapters across the country devoted to strengthening the participation of Asian Pacific Americans in the political process.




The AAA-Fund is a Democratic political action committee whose goal is to increase the voice of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) on every level of local, state and federal government in America. To achieve this goal, we address the chronic under-representation of APAs as campaign volunteers, campaign contributors, and candidates for political office. The AAA-Fund has endorsed candidates across the country. For more information, go to aaa-fund.org and read our award-winning blog.

May 31, Rosslyn, VA: Happy Hour for Aneesh Chopra

Editor’s Note: The Commonwealth of Virginia holds its Democratic Primary on June 11. The below is from our friends at Aneesh Chopra’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor.

Aneesh Chopra for Virginia

Please Join
Aneesh Chopra
for a Happy Hour for Virginia’s Future

Friday, May 31, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 PM

Continental Modern Pool Lounge
1911 N Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, VA 22209
In Rosslyn close to the Metro and the Key Bridge

All are welcome — $10 or $20 contribution optional

Event Info: teamchopra.org/events/may/31

RSVP to Peter Appel, AppelPeterH@gmail.com

Learn more about Aneesh: www.chopraforva.com

Aneesh Chopra was the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer and fourth Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is running to make the Commonwealth better, faster, and fairer for every Virginian. Aneesh’s election will send a strong signal in today’s political climate that leaders focused on delivering a more open, innovative government can make a difference over those that emphasize gridlock and partisanship – and that with an execution focus, we can deliver results in months, not years. His campaign has built a strong grassroots network and Aneesh has earned endorsements from elected and grassroots leaders around the Commonwealth including Congressman Jim Moran, Congressman Gerry Connolly, former Congressman Tom Perriello, former Congressman Rick Boucher, and many more.

Democratic Candidate for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to Host Virginia Asian Pacific American Community Leaders at Campaign Headquarters

The below represents only the sentiments of the AAA Fund Blogteam and not that of the AAA Fund, our parent organization, itself. We encourage all DC and MD AAPI’s to volunteer for the campaign and to attend as support. Terry McAuliffe supported AAPI’s throughout his career. This post is a re-posting of his media advisory.

Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia

Media Advisory
29 January 2013
Jennifer Oh | 571.225.1930 | daavmedia@gmail.com
Josh Schwerin | 318.369.5469 | Josh@TerryMcAuliffe.com

Democratic Candidate for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to Host Virginia Asian Pacific American Community Leaders at Campaign Headquarters

February 4, 7:00-8:30PM
1601 N Kent St Suite 100, Arlington (Rosslyn), VA
Near Rosslyn Metro

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe has a life long record of championing diversity. To kick off his Asian Pacific American outreach campaign, Terry is hosting community leaders at his headquarters in Rosslyn. McAuliffe believes that the next Governor should work to give every family the opportunity to start their own business and get a good education.

“I am honored to have the support of so many from the Virginia Asian American Community. Bringing jobs to Virginia, keeping our education system strong and making it easier to start a successful small business are priorities we all share. I look forward to this meeting so we can have an even stronger campaign for winning in November and make Virginia an even better place for achieving the American Dream.”

Candidate McAuliffe will outline his goals for his campaign and administration once elected. He will be available to the media for interviews. Also invited to attend are Virginia Democratic Elected Officials of APA heritage: U.S. Representative Bobby Scott, Virginia State Delegate Mark Keam, Fairfax School Board Member Ilryong Moon, Herndon Council Member Grace Han Wolf and Manassas Park Council Member Suhas Naddoni .

How to attend
Members of the Press wishing to attend should contact Jennifer Oh, Communications Coordinator for the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia at daavmedia@gmail.com.

Election 2012 Update

We congratulate all incoming Senators and Members of Congress:

  • Mazie Hirono (HI)
    Mazie Hirono (HI)
  • Tim Kaine (VA)
    Tim Kaine of Virginia
  • Tammy Duckworth (IL-08)
    Tammy Duckworth (IL-08)
  • Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
    Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
  • Grace Meng (NY-06)
    Grace Meng (NY-06)
  • Mark Takano (CA-41)
    Mark Takano (CA-41)
    won 57% to 43%
  • Rob Bonta (CA-AD18)
    Rob Bonta
    winning 51%-49%

Too close to call

We cannot say a huge enough thanks to everyone. Special congratulations and elated delight to AAAF of Greater Chicago whose numerous months long phone banking, website editing, email forwarding, logistical organizing, people pulling & generally good cheer & energy for the easy-to-volunteer events, sharing their many delights and overall pulling so many for so many critical last minute get out the vote all for Tammy Duckworth has given us such a brilliant example of an effective grassroot campaign.

These Congressmen & Congresswomen represent the largest caucus of Asian American and Pacific Islander Members in any single Congressional session as well as other records:

  • Hirono – first Asian American woman and first Buddhist to serve in the U.S. Senate
  • Duckworth, Meng – first Asian Americans to represent their states IL and NY respectively
  • Gabbard – first Hindu American in US Congress, first Samoan American elected as a voting member of Congress
  • Takano – first openly gay minority Member of Congress

We are thrilled not only to share in the delights of our elected officials above but also to our other endorsed candidates:

Lastly, just seen on the ED Show on MSNBC:

Demographic groups Voted for Obama Voted for Romney
Whites 39% 59%
Black 93% 6%
Latino 71% 27%
Asian 73% 26%

Thank you to all!

Update Nov 12: Our Dr. Ami Bera is leading!

Update Nov 17: Bera Wins!

Just Vote

Election 2012 is here, and now it all comes down to you.

No matter which state you live in, your vote will make a huge difference:  whether for the White House, for Congress, or for your state or local area.

Will President Obama get a second term to finish all the good work that he has started?  Should California get rid of the death penalty (Proposition 34)?  Should a leader (Tim Kaine) who has reached out to Americans of all backgrounds be elected to the U.S. Senate?  Or should a politician (George Allen) who openly attacked Asian Americans be elected instead?

These are only some of the choices on the ballot tomorrow.

Make sure others don’t speak for you.  If you haven’t already done so, please vote.

— Gautam Dutta

Don’t Buy the Hype

With less than 2 weeks to go until Election Day, media talking heads are saying the presidential race is “very close” or “tied.” From a national poll perspective, such statements are true. But from the electoral college perspective (which of course is the only one that matters), they are blatantly false.

While Romney certainly could pull the upset, despite media reports to the contrary, Obama is a heavy favorite to win re-election. Consider: Electoral Map The electoral map strongly favors Obama. He already has in the bank many more electoral votes than Romney. As far as the battleground states, with the lone exception of North Carolina, Obama has led or been tied in every one since early summer. He currently leads in Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Winning these 7 states give Obama 281 electoral votes, 11 more than he needs to win. In fact, he could afford to lose New Hampshire and either Iowa or Nevada and still win re-election with 271.

Furthermore, Obama is tied in Colorado, Florida and Virginia — losing any one of these 3 states would be fatal for Romney. Even in North Carolina, Obama trails only slightly. If he wins there, it’s a near-2008 blowout.

Romney’s Momentum Stopped

The Romney campaign obviously wants to create a winning self-fulfilling prophecy. Romney clearly won the first debate with Obama, significantly closed the gap and got back in the game. Had Romney lost that debate, the race would have been over. However, Obama won the next 2 debates. The Romney camp keeps babbling about momentum they lost lost long ago. By definition, polls are snapshots of the RECENT PAST, not the PRESENT.

Media Bias

The media has an incentive to say the race is close because it’s exciting. It means higher TV ratings and readership. The media also can be lazy. It’s easier to report on one meaningless national poll than on several state polls where the race will be decided.

Obama’s Ground Game Romney backers claim that they’ve learned from 2008 and have a much better ground game. They probably do — but that’s because the McCain campaign’s ground game stunk.

But even the most optimistic Republicans admit that Obama’s operation is formidable. Most neutral observers think Obama’s ground game is superior than Romney’s, it’s only the degree that’s in question. Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia are frequently cited as the states where Obama has the biggest advantage in this department.

Early Voting

Related to the ground game is the early voting already taking place in many battleground states. Every day in states where polls are open and Obama is leading means that he is winning, because he’s banking votes that Romney will have to make up on Election Day. By all accounts early voting is going very well for Obama, including in the most critical state of Ohio.

Colin Powell

Obama just scored the biggest endorsement of the election season with Colin Powell. Powell, although he endorsed Obama in 2008, would have surprised few had he remained neutral or endorsed fellow Republican Mitt Romney. While there are only a tiny sliver of undecided voters left, and endorsements may not sway that many, you can bet that Romney would have given one of his dancing horses to get Powell’s backing.

Richard Mourdock

Just when Republicans thought Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin was in the rearview mirror, along came Richard Mourdock to reinforce the perception (or reality) that Republicans are at war with women’s rights. You would think that after Akin, any Republican running for U.S. Senate, particularly in a tight race, would avoid using the four-letter R word. Oops. Romney, who not only endorsed Mourdock but cut a TV commercial for him, half-heartedly distanced himself from Mourdock and refused to ask that the TV spot be pulled. The timing couldn’t be worse for Romney.

Again, it’s not over until it’s over, but anyone discouraged about Obama’s chances shouldn’t be. Barring some huge late October or early November surprise, or serious voter suppression and/or fraud, Obama is on the path to victory. But he still needs your vote, your donations and your volunteering in a swing state.