APAs gain seats on election day

Several Asian Pacific Americans won their bids for political office during the Nov. 7 election.

Ravi Bhalla was elected as mayor of Hoboken, N.J. according to NJ.com. Bhalla faced discrimination attacking him for his Sikh faith during the campaign.

Similarly, Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel also won seats to the Edison, N.J. school board despite being featured on racist campaign flyers calling for the Chinese and Indian candidates to be deported, according to NJ.com.

Amid a slew of Democrats unseating Republican lawmakers in the Virginia General Assembly, Kathy Tran won her bid to become a delegate for the state’s lower house. She came to the United States as a Vietnamese refugee, according to her campaign Website.

Nadya Okamoto, a 19-year-old Harvard student, lost her bid for Cambridge, Mass. City Council.

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