Boston getting mayor of color as Wu, Essaibi George advance

BOSTON — For the first time in 200 years, Boston voters have narrowed the field of mayoral candidates to two women of color who will face off against each other in November. City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George topped the five-person race in the Sept. 14 preliminary runoff. They bested acting Mayor Kim […]

Diversity among Bay Area elected officials improves, but disparities still exist

Racial diversity among Bay Area elected officials increased during the 2020 election cycle but new data shows wide disparities still exist across the region. The proportion of people of color holding top local offices increased from 26 percent in 2018 to about 34 percent after the 2020 elections, according to a report released this week […]

California’s first Gen-Z legislator brings progressive priorities to Assembly

When he isn’t in Sacramento, Assemblyman Alex Lee still lives with his mom in North San Jose, something he said he refuses to be ashamed of. “There are people that … like to make fun of me about but I’m like ‘look, this is the reality of probably your kids too,’” Lee, 25, said in […]

Farmworkers fight shaped Calif. attorney general nominee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In 1977, Cynthia Bonta was among 3,000 people who locked arms and tried in vain to prevent 400 riot police from evicting the mostly Asian tenants of a hotel near San Francisco’s Financial District so developers could build a parking garage. More than four decades later, her son Rob Bonta stood near […]

Asian Americans seek greater political power after shootings

WASHINGTON — Speaking on the floor of the Georgia state Senate recently, Michelle Au implored her colleagues to “stand up” to the hatred aimed at Asian Americans that’s increased during the pandemic. A day later, a gunman shook the Atlanta area by killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent. For Au, who joined […]

Kamei elected mayor of Mountain View

Ellen Kamei, who was elected to the Mountain View City Council in 2018 and served as vice mayor to Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga in 2020, was elected by her colleagues to succeed Abe-Koga as the South Bay city’s mayor on Jan. 12. Lucas Ramirez was elected as vice mayor. “I am honored to serve as your […]

VP Harris: A new chapter opens in U.S. politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Jan. 20 that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation’s second-highest office. Harris was sworn in as the first female U.S. vice president — and the first Black woman […]

California elects 25-year-old lawmaker, youngest in 82 years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has elected its youngest state lawmaker in more than eight decades, elevating a 25-year-old progressive Democrat who already has years of legislative experience to the state Assembly. Alex Lee survived a crowded nine-candidate primary election in March, then trounced his Republican rival by winning 73% of the vote in a […]

Asian Americans hope for more inclusive society under Biden

TOKYO — With U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly calling the novel coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” many Asian Americans have been exposed to adverse experiences because of their race or ethnicity. But now that Democrat Joe Biden has beaten the Republican president in the Nov. 3 White House election, they are hoping the incoming administration will […]

Steel wins hotly contested OC congressional race

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Republican Party reclaimed at least one congressional seat in Orange County Nov. 10, with first-term Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda conceding defeat to Michelle Steel in the closely contested race in the 48th District. With vote-counting continuing from the Nov. 3 election, Steel – the chairwoman of the Orange County Board […]

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