Yesterday’s elections advance history-making Asian American candidates

Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas held their primaries yesterday.

Gina Ortiz Jones won the Democratic primary in the Texas 23rd Congressional and could become the first lesbian, Iraq War veteran, and first-generation Filipina American to hold a US House seat in Texas.

Sri Preston Kulkarni won the Democratic primary in the Texas 22rd Congressional and could become the first Indian American Member of Congress from Texas.

David Kim advances to a July 24 Democratic primary run-off in the Georgia 7th Congressional.

IN OTHER RACES, Asian American voters have an opportunity to elect history-making candidates of color.

Former Dallas sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic primary runoff Tuesday to become the state’s first-ever openly gay and Latina gubernatorial nominee from a major party.

Stacey Abrams won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Georgia and is in her way to become the country’s first Black woman to serve as Governor.

Steve Phillips writes in The Nation ( on how a coalition of people of color and progressive whites propelled Abrams to the nomination.

DID YOU KNOW that no Asian American or Pacific Islander Democrat has ever been elected to the Nevada legislature?

Nevada AAPI community leader Evan Louie wrote earlier this week: “In our national landscape, Nevada is a strategic state for our AAPI community with the fastest growing demographic in the entire U.S. We talk about the importance of the AAPI vote for Federal, State, and Municipal elections yet the most important thing is that we have no representation in our state legislature. In fact, there has been ZERO AAPI’s Democrats in Nevada’s state legislature in history. We have had two Republicans in the past over the decades of elections.”

Thanks to Paul Nimsuwan, we have a chance to change that. Paul is running for the Democratic nomination on June 12 in Nevada’s 35th Assembly district. A former Marine and Presidential Management Fellow, Paul is also a lawyer and entrepreneur. Learn more about Paul and donate to his campaign:

TWO NEW PUBLICATIONS launched this month.

CAPAC Chair Chu, House Leadership, and the House Administration Committee launched the new “Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress” publication, the most comprehensive history available on the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who have served in Congress.

The U.S. Department of Interior published “Finding a Path Forward: Asian American Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study,” which will serve as a guiding document to preserve Asian American and Pacific Islander cultural and historic sites of national significance.

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