Asian American and Pacific Islander election roundup


The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies reported that more than 300 Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates ran for public office in the Nov. 3 elections. The following results came from the California Secretary of State’s Website, unless otherwise noted.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, California Asian American and Pacific Islander politicians who kept their congressional seat include Doris Matsui (Dist. 6), Ami Bera (Dist. 7), Ro Khanna (Dist. 17), Judy Chu (Dist. 27), Ted Lieu (Dist. 33) and Mark Takano (Dist. 41). Democrat TJ Cox lost the Dist. 21 seat to Republican David G. Valadao in a tightly contested race of 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent.

In the California State Senate, Republican Ling Ling Chang lost her seat to Democrat Josh Newman. She secured 48.4 percent of the votes to his 51.6 percent in Dist. 29.

Meanwhile in the California State Assembly, David Chiu (Dist. 17), Robert Bonta (Dist. 18), Phillip Ting (Dist. 19), Alex Lee (Dist. 25), Ash Kalra (Dist. 27), Evan Low (Dist. 28), Vince Fong (Dist. 34), Edwin Chau (Dist. 49), Phillip Chen (Dist. 55) and Al Muratsuchi (Dist. 66) all won their assembly seats. Republican Peter Ohtaki (Dist. 24) lost his assembly seat to Democrat Marc Berman, with Ohtaki receiving 33,716 votes to Berman’s 105,423 votes. Republican Steven Choi squeaked out a win against Melissa Fox capturing 113,133 votes to Fox’s 103,426 votes in Dist. 68.

Outside of California, Democrat Tab Uno lost his bid for the Utah State House of Representatives to Republican Paul Ray with Uno receiving 38 percent of the votes, while Ray received 62 percent of the votes, according to the election results on the state government’s Website. In Washington state, Democrat Sharon Tomiko Santos beat her fellow Democrat John Stafford for the Dist. 37 seat by receiving 82.2 percent of votes to Stafford’s 16.43 percent of votes, according to the election results on Washington state’s legislative Website. In Washington state’s senate race for Dist. 11, Democrat Bob Hasegawa received 96.1 percent of the votes, according to the state’s legislative Website.

In local elections, Emily Murase vying for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in Dist. 7 finished fourth in voting, accumulating 12.54 percent of votes, behind Joel Engardio, Vilaska Nguyen and Myrna Melgar, who received 23.98 percent, 20.97 percent and 20.51 percent of votes respectively, according to San Francisco’s Department of Elections Website. Veronica Shinzato was vying for a spot to be on the city’s Board of Supervisors for Dist. 1, but she finished fifth with 1,009 ballots cast for her, the city’s Department of Elections Website states. For Dist. 5, which includes San Francisco’s Japantown, Dean Preston received the most votes with 17,329 (51.73 percent) to retain his spot on the Board of Supervisors. In San Mateo County, for the Las Lomitas Elementary School District governing board members, Jason Morimoto (40.35% of the vote) and Jody Leng (32.13%) are leading in the semi-official results from the San Mateo County Elections Office.

Proposition A, the Health and Homelessness, Parks and Street bond, passed with 71.07 percent vote, according to the city’s Department of Elections Website. The ballot measure, which required 66 2/3 votes to pass, will allocate $25 million to the renovation of San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza.

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