WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 8, 2017) — AAPI Progressive Action is proud of the electoral gains made by progressive Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) candidates across the country on November 7, 2017. It is clear from the election results that AAPIs are making waves against Donald Trump’s reactionary, repressive, and regressive policies by electing officials who will stand up for the community.
- Manka Dhingra’s victory in Washington’s 45th District over a conservative Asian American reaffirms that AAPIs-who make up 15 percent of that district-support progressive values. Her victory gives the Democrats control of both the executive and legislative branches.
- Kathy Tran won the 42nd District of the Virginia House of Delegates by nearly a two-to-one margin. Her victory, along with other Democratic wins, has the potential to flip the House of Delegates to the Democrats. She is the first Vietnamese American and Asian American woman elected to statewide office in Virginia.
- Kelly Convirs-Fowler, a Filipino American, defeated a four-term conservative Filipino American incumbent in the 41st District of the Virginia House of Delegates. She joins Tran and Korean American Mark Keam in the House.
- Vin Gopal defeated an 11-year incumbent in the 11th District of the New Jersey State Senate. He is the first South Asian American elected to that statehouse.
- Ravi Bhalla won the mayoral election in Hoboken, New Jersey despite a vicious racist flyer distributed against him. Ravi is the second Sikh American mayor in U.S. history.